What is Montessori ?
Montessori is an educational approach, developed by Italian Physician and educator Maria Montessori. This method has been implemented worldwide since 1906 and has proven to be a success; its effectiveness is demonstrated by children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
Maria Montessori firmly believed the first six years of a child's life are the most critical in terms of processing information and physical development. It is during this time that a child's powers of absorption are the highest, and attitudes and learning patterns are formed. Our Montessori teachers have studied the work of Dr. Montessori and can apply the theory behind the method in all areas of the prepared environment.
The Montessori Philosophy
Dr. Montessori through careful observation of children all over the world developed her method of education. The Montessori materials are a vital component in the environment as well as highly trained teachers who guide and present the materials to the children. The community of learners in a multi-age setting is also an integral part of the Montessori classroom.
Our Montessori program honours the development of the whole child. It reflects an understanding that children learn through active sensory experiences, and that they will represent their knowledge in a variety of ways. It recognizes the social nature of learning and the important role of language in communication.
We view observation, assessment and evaluation as integral components of the teaching and learning process. It supports the child's learning and assists the teacher in making appropriate educational decisions. Our program encourages teachers and parents to be partners in the child's educational process. Teachers and parents consult and collaborate to create a climate of respect, success and joy for the child.
Dr. Maria Montessori had an immense respect for children and the capabilities of each individual child. That respect is evident in the legacy of brilliant educational materials and in the philosophy that she modeled throughout her life.
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