What is Montessori?
The Montessori pedagogy was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.She was the first lady physician in Italy. It is a constructivist progressive educational system which is child centred and is based on scientific observation of children from birth to adulthood.
The premise of the system is that the child is born with an innate eagerness to learn and explore. If the child is given the right environment, he/she will blossom to the fullest potential. The approach looks at the child in a holistic way and urges development of the child physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
The goal is to raise a generation of inspirational thinkers who are caring and conscious community helpers.
The Montessori Philosophy
Important features of the Montessori philosophy are:
- Mixed age groups
- Sensitive periods
- Respect for individual learning styles
- Intrinsic motivation
- Empowerment of self
- Non traditional role of teacher
- Nurturing of Spirit and community building
All of this helps to build child's self esteem and confidence
In most cases, the Montessori children fare much better than most of their peers from other school. The areas where the child will need some support from the family is in homework and tests. They will require some time to get used to these.
Social / Emotional transition
- Research studies have also shown that Montessori students demonstrate a greater sense of fairness and justice
- They are more likely to choose positive responses for dealing with social dilemmas. These skills serve them extremely well as they move into their new classrooms and begin making new friends