You will have discovered with your own child that children have incredibly absorbent minds. They are fascinated by and want to learn about the wonderful world around them. The Montessori school uses, at a very early age, this amazing receptiveness to lay the foundations for learning now and in the future.
The Montessori educational system was pioneered be Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to obtain a doctorate. Her revolutionary research led to the development of teaching techniques for disadvantaged children, who made far greater progress under Montessori's guidance than was possible using conventional methods. Contemporaries quickly questioned their own approach to teaching and encouraged Montessori to work with underprivileged children in the poorer areas of Rome. Here she founded her first school which which became World famous for the calibre of its pupils.
Central to Montessori's research was the discovery that all children have a natural learning cycle. Within this cycle there are periods of time when each child is especially receptive to a particular area of learning. This is termed a child's 'sensitive period'. By matching specific educational activities to a child's 'sensitive period', knowledge can be absorbed with ease. This is central to the development of self-esteem and confidence. Montessori promoted discipline and ensured that her teaching programmes actively encouraged social development and respect for others.
There is no doubt that Maria Montessori's methods were and still are revolutionary; teaching not only individual skills but also laying the foundations of 'How to Learn'. Her efforts have changed the very essence or education for young children. Montessori Schools are now established throughout the World, offering one of the finest forms of education for young children, since they meet their incredible readiness to learn.
Why is Montessori education different?
The Montessori school looks beyond the retention of knowledge. It works with each child to develop confidence, independence, and a desire to learn thereby preparing them for their future education.
Each child works at their own pace within a carefully structured environment. This ensures that each child is given the correct stimulus to learn quickly, advancing without the normal pressures and restrictions of a classroom system.
In addition to academic achievement importance is also placed on social skills. Children are taught to respect one another and their surroundings. Teachers actively encourage social interaction and co-operation between children.
A Montessori school offers your child the opportunity to acquire an excellent grounding in a variety of subjects and disciplines including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Literature, History and Drama.