Montessori is a proven and powerful approach to education which is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn.
Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Ancona, Italy, and went on to study engineering and mathematics she progressed to qualify as the first female doctor in her country’s history. In 1907 she opened her first school, in the area of San Lorenzo. She was so encouraged by her results that she began to share her discoveries with others by publishing books and lecturing. Thus the Montessori Method of education was born.
While it is suitable for children of any age, at nursery level it puts them on the path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner at the earliest stage possible.
At the heart of its success is an in-depth knowledge of how children learn – through choosing, trying and doing themselves.
Through special materials, a prepared environment and the close guidance of a Montessori teacher, the result is a hugely effective, confidence-building approach to learning.
Why is the Montessori Ethos superior?
The Montessori ethos is based on the proven fact that children learn through understanding and doing rather than being told.
This manifests into a confidence and joy in learning among children as they develop self-belief, satisfaction in success and improve their abilities as problem solvers.
Montessori materials are carefully designed to help children understand where they might have gone wrong.
And, more importantly, to enable them to work out ways of correcting themselves, without being told how to do so.
“The child’s progress does not depend only on his age, but also on being free to look around him.” – Maria Montessori.