THE MONTESSORI METHOD
Education For Life!
Montessori method emphasizes active learning in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development. Based on Maria Montessori’s scientific study of children, the Montessori method believes that children are naturally curious about their environment and have an intrinsic desire to learn. Unlike a teacher centred approach, a Montessori education centres on the belief that children are critical thinkers who are capable of being self-directed learners. In a carefully prepared environment, children have the freedom to move throughout the classroom and learn through hands-on activities with specific Montessori materials. Teachers are there to guide children through their individualized learning and to foster a respectful and tight-knit community. A Montessori education promotes free choice, hands on learning, independence, and creativity where children are free to learn at their own pace. It is a holistic approach emphasizing all aspects of development, rather than on attaining specific pieces of information.
The Montessori method promotes learning in a multi-age environment, which allows children to learn from and teach one another, to work together and fosters leadership skills. A multi-age classroom encourages teachers and children to form strong relationships and a community among children.