• Child Developers Programme Premises

  • Montessori Children House

  • Becoming a Montessori Directress

  • Directresses Making Montessori Materials

  • Directresses at Graduation Parade

  • The Faculty team

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What is Montessori?

 Montessori is an educational philosophy based on the scientific observations of Dr. Maria, an italian physician.

The method is based on the following premises:

  • The most crucial years of learning are from birth to six years
  • Children must be respected as individuals who are different from adults and each other.
  • The unique mental faculties of children allow them to absorb impression become their intellectual foundation.

How is Montessori Education Unique?

How is Montessori Education Unique?

  1. Montessori is a multi-faceted educational method that encompasses all the development needs of a child intellectual, physical, social and psychological. This broad curriculum emphasis the joy of learning by allowing children to learn at their own pace and according to their own interest. In this way the Montessori method promotes self-confidence which enables the child to face new challenges fearlessly and without hesitation.
  2. Observing that “ the hands are the means to the intellect”, the Montessori method is fundamentally a sensorial approach to
    pre-school learning. Dr. Montessori devised a series of developmentally-appropriate materials that attract the child attention and challenge the mind. They are sequential and self activities that facilitates skills and concepts of learning.
  3. Montessori teachers direct children toward purposeful activity by demonstrating materials that are suitable to each child’s needs. Once a material has been properly demonstrated by the teacher, the child is free to return to it as his/her interest or curiosity dictates. In this way she serves as a guide or “ directress to young children. Recognizing that learning is an individual process. The Montessori teacher is a keen observer of children and is always ready to provide a new learning opportunity for the ever curious child. She is also a meticulous care taker, providing a safe and positive learn
    ing environment.
  4. Dr. Montessori designed a special educational environment. It is called ”Children’s House”. She theorized that children are most receptive to learning in a home-like atmosphere that welcome them, stimulates them and provides a sense of security.
    Children learn to care for their “house” and take pride in it’s cleanliness and beauty.
  5. Every Montessori class is composed of children between the ages of 3-6. This three-year age span provides a family-like setting and is a more natural learning environment. Younger children are able to look upon the work of their older peers with curiosity which may provide the impetus for their interest in learning. Older children act as role models and helpers to younger ones.

Morever, they reinforce their won learning by sharing their experiences with the younger ones. Such interactions between children of different ages encourages conversation thereby enhancing the communication skills of the children.

 

How can  Real Montessori School be Identified?

How can a Real Montessori school be identified?

Since Montessori is in public domain, an individual or institution can claim to be a Montessori. Therefore, parents must be alert and check out so-called Montessori schools. Parents who are interested in the Montessori method for their child should visit a school and observe a class in progress.

The following criteria should be based when assessing a Montessori School?
a) Are the teachers trained in the Montessori method?
b) Where did they train?
c) Do the teachers have genuine Montessori certificates?
d) Are the children working independently?

Montessori schools recognize the unique development of each child. Check to see that the children are working at their own pace and according to their interests and at the same time have a desire to share their experiences with their peers and work together in small groups.
e) Are Montessori materials being used?
A fundamental component of Montessori education is a set of specially-designed materials. These materials should be within easy reach of the children who use them daily. Materials alone, however, do not ensure a successful programme, They must be used under supervision of a Montessori trained teacher.

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