What is Montessori?
It is a method of education that was developed by Maria Montessori in 1897. Maria Montessori was the first Italian woman doctor in Italy. She focused on child psychology and pedagogy (Pedagogy refers more broadly to the theory and practice of education, and how this influences the growth of learners. Pedagogy, taken as an academic discipline, is the study of how knowledge and skills are exchanged in an educational context, and it considers the interactions that take place during learning). Using her scientific understanding and observation, Maria Montessori formulated materials that are auto educating. Allowing the child to learn on their own and prepare them to academics.
The prepared environment is essential in every Montessori classroom. The areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Math and Language are defined learning space for each child. All Montessori materials are designed to help the brain tap into its scientific and mathematical potential.
Montessori teachers are facilitators and are there to inspire and motivate the child to know the process rather than to direct them what to do. The child learns on their own pace and finds satisfaction on their own daily discoveries. Their inner drive to learn allows them to constantly challenge themselves as they discover the world. Every moment is a learning opportunity. Every hands on concrete manipulation of the material is always a revelation. Always an “Aha moment” that build their self esteem and creates a better independent interpretation of information.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
- Maria Montessori
Each Montessori material is sequenced accordingly and Montessori teachers are there to oversee each child’s ability to move forwards. Montessori teachers support mastery through repetition.