What is a Montessori Education?
“Education … must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”Dr Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori was a physician, anthropologist and educator who studied children of all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds for over fifty years. Her intense scientific observation of the human being from birth to maturity allowed her to distil a body of philosophical, psychological and teaching principles. These, together with a vast range of self-teaching materials, came to be known as Montessori Education.
The Montessori approach involves…
Child-Centered Learning: Montessori education is centered around the child’s unique needs and interests. It recognises that children learn best when they have the freedom to explore subjects at their own pace and choose activities that engage their curiosity, fostering independence and self-motivation.
Multi-Age Classrooms: Montessori classrooms often feature mixed-age groups, allowing older students to mentor younger ones. This approach encourages collaboration and peer learning, while also promoting a sense of community and empathy among students.
Hands-On Learning: Montessori emphasises hands-on, experiential learning through specially designed materials. These materials are designed to encourage exploration and discovery, helping students develop a deep understanding of concepts while honing their problem-solving skills.
Holistic Development: Beyond academics, Montessori education places a strong emphasis on the social, emotional, and practical life skills of a child. It aims to nurture well-rounded individuals who not only excel academically but also develop into responsible, compassionate, and self-directed learners prepared for the challenges of the future.
Montessori offers a broad vision of education as an “aid to life.” It is designed to help children grow from childhood to maturity.