Unlike traditional classrooms, Montessori learning environments are designed to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development. Learning is all about the activity and independence of the child to find out what they need at each particular moment. Montessori educational environments are carefully prepared for child-centered learning and are intended to appeal to the child’s innate hunger for knowledge.
A Montessori classroom is a thoughtfully designed environment to offer children opportunities to develop their own capabilities. Each classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to interact with specific learning materials, as well as to work cooperatively with others. The combination of independent, partner, small-group, and whole-group lessons and activities introduces children to different learning relationships and interpersonal dynamics—valuable skills for their interactions outside the classroom.
As a parent, you want the best for your child — now and at every moment of their lives. And a part of ensuring that long-term success is raising a son or daughter who has confidence. Children who are confident about themselves and their ability to handle new experiences are more likely to handle life’s complexities with resilience and long-term success. And a sense of competence and a can-do attitude will pay off in many ways as your son or daughter grows up and takes on life with enthusiasm.
The Montessori principles of education:
Mixed age group
Children between the age of 2 ½ and 6 years work together in a classroom which is thoughtfully prepared.
The prepared environment
Montessori classrooms are prepared in advance based on observations of the students’ individual needs. They include student centred lessons and activities
Montessori lessons are hands-on and active. Students discover information for themselves.
Give them time
In the Montessori classroom, children work on lessons as long as need be, and interruptions are avoided whenever possible.
The teacher’s role
Montessori teachers act as Guides and facilitate the students on a one-on-one basis. They assist each child along his or her own learning path.
Montessori curricula expand in response to the students’ needs and is not predetermined.
Allows work pace
The individual child’s work pace is honoured and encouraged in the Montessori classroom.
Self- made self esteem
Montessorians understand that the child’s self-esteem comes from an internal sense of pride in his or her own accomplishments.