Who is Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori lived from 1870 to 1952. She was the first woman to attend medical school in Italy and the first female Doctor of Medicine there. Through her work with handicapped and socially deprived children, she developed her unique educational method known as the Montessori method. As a result of her further study, observation and experimentation, she found the principles of her method to be applicable to all children. She has had an impact on the field of education in general and the way we understand and teach children today.
Montessori’s influence can be seen not only in the number of schools that bear her name, but throughout the fields of child care, education and child development. Many of her ideas are now part of our common knowledge, language and thinking about children. She was an innovator in the field of education and ideas that were once met with great resistance in her day now seem natural as accepted aspects of childhood.
What is the Montessori Method of Education?
This system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on two important developmental needs of children:
1. The need for freedom within limits
2. A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.
Through these developmental needs, the child develops intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. The Montessori method of education is designed to take full advantage of the children’s desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities. Children have a deep love and need for purposeful work. They work, however, not as an adult for the completion of a job, but the sake of an activity itself. It is this activity which enables them to accomplish their most important goal: the development of their individual selves – their mental, physical and psychological powers.
Why Choose Montessori ?
• Montessori prepares your child not only for school; it is an ’education for life ’
• Every child is treated as a unique individual.
• Individually tailored lesson with specialized Montessori materials.
• Learning is at the child’s own pace
• Equips children with a love of learning and facilitate social development.