The Montessori Method of Education, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centred educational approach based on scientific observations of children. The Montessori Method views the child as one with an absorbent mind capable of accumulating any information via sensorial methods. Maria Montessori believed in allowing children to use their naturally occurring curiosity and exploratory skills. This allows children to learn at their pace and identify their interests.
Environment: To follow the philosophy described by Maria Montessori children are free to choose equipment/material following a demonstration by the teacher. The environment allows children to move around freely to explore different materials when they require. Students are taught not to disturb the order of the class or misuse the equipment to promote smooth learning.
Children are exposed to and allowed to connect with nature to develop the innate sense of belonging and contribution. By allowing for mixed age groups they are allowed to experience social awareness. The material is designed to be self-correcting, as once the teacher showcases the children can attempt to solve the problems.
Exercise of practical life: The most ordinary activities which we can do without thinking are wondrous and challenging for the child. The activities may include something as simple as dressing oneself, habitual courtesies or laying a mat and continues with increasing difficulty. The pedagogy allows for purposeful activity that develops fine motor skills, concentration, independence and sense of responsibility. This is a stepping stone as both math and language require one to have the ability to focus, to be able to follow logical and sequential steps, to make intelligent choices, to see a task through from start to finish, to persist when one makes a mistake, and to correct one’s mistakes
Math: Mathematics is experienced by young children by use of concrete materials that allows children to easily understand the concept. This is then moved to abstraction
Language: A lot of information is provided to the child as the early years is a highly sensitive period for language development. Various methods such as storytelling, read-along, sing along, mapped writing are used to enrich different aspects of language namely vocabulary, speaking, reading and writing.
Culture: Culture encompasses not only history, geography, biology but also includes art and craft, music, design thinking. Culture feeds into not just surrounding but also their creative and imaginative side of intelligence.
The Montessori teacher’s role is that of a facilitator, to observe and interpret the child’s needs, provide a nurturing and stimulating environment to facilitate children’s growth, exploration and participation enhancing experiential learning in the children. Our Montessori teachers constantly collaborate with each other to develop lesson plans for children to develop their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills. They monitor and track children’s progress and ensure regular communication with parents regarding their children’s progress.