A Montessori school is designed to take advantage of children’s sensitive years, when they are most able to absorb information from their environment. Dr. Maria Montessori was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy and later became a world-renowned educator. Born in 1870, she devoted her life to the study and education of young children. Today, in Montessori schools all over the world, her teachings still lead the way for those of us who believe in the overwhelming influence of the first six years of life.
The Montessori environment is indeed a child’s world, geared to the size, pace and interests of young children. It is prepared so that the children have easy access to the special attractive materials arranged on low shelves around the classroom.
Each child is regarded as an individual and encouraged to grow and develop at a pace that suits them. The teacher takes time to observe and note every child’s needs and presents appropriate activities to stimulate and captivate them. The Montessori environment allows children to choose their own activities and to complete exercises at their own level in their own time. Interesting and stimulating materials are used to make learning fun and easy; there are a huge variety of things to do.
It is an environment of love, care and nurture that instils attitudes of independence and individuality. Children leave good Montessori schools with a love for learning and an experience of making choices and having responsibilities. Once they have gained this, it will remain with them for life.
Take a look at our Montessori designed age specific classrooms.