Montessori philosophy and method

‘A deeper understanding of a child’s needs and a deeper respect for children’s inner growth’

Extremely values the role of parents and whanau in a child’s development and learning in their early years by involving them and listening to them in every possible way.

Maria Montessori is the only person in the world who develops not only a philosophy but also a practical method to implement it.  Montessori method has become the largest education method on the globe.  Over decades Montessori and her colleagues observed children and designed learning materials (not toys) for them.  She said she did not invent the method but the children did.

In a Montessori environment, learning should never be a burden, but fun and joy of discovery one after another.

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Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) has been described as an educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist and humanitarian, and was the first early childhood educator to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Montessori felt strongly that a radical reform of education was essential if there was to be any hope for peace in our time.

She intended that children be placed at the centre of society to enable all children to become caring, self-motivated and fulfilled individuals, able to create a harmonious and peaceful future for humanity.

Dr Maria Montessori’s revolutionised discoveries about children:

0-3 years, 3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years, 12-15years, 15-18yrs, 18-21yrs each period has different developmental  needs when understood and answered properly not forcefully or skipped, children have a greater chance to grow their full potential and full personality (physical+ mental + intellectual + psychic). 

·         0-6 years are very sensitive about

Order   Children will be deeply upset when things are disordered

Colours            Montessori classroom has 64 colours of training

Numbers from concrete to abstract, from visual to imagination

Language  writing comes before reading; the fingers for holding a pen is trained from day1. 

Size      Shapes             Weight             Texture            Smells etc.

Montessori philosophy embraces three fundamentals: a relief of the childhood poverty, the emancipation of women and the quality education for the younger minds.  

Parents are encouraged to read the books by Dr Montessori etc.:

‘The Secret of Childhood’       ‘The discovery of the child’

‘The absorbent mind’         ‘Montessori A Modern Approach’

‘Maria Montessori, her life and work’

Could be found in public libraries and our school library.