The Montessori Method.
Developed by Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, the Montessori Method has been used for over 100 years around the world. It is a child-centered approach that focuses on
observing the interests and strengths of children through play, and using these observations to understand each child’s unique skill development process. Montessori believed that a teacher’s role should be to “follow the child, they will show you what they need to do, what they need to develop in themselves and what area they need to be challenged in.” When needed, the teacher steps into the learning process to challenge and correct the child.
Components of a Montessori education include an attractive and orderly environment thatchildren can easily navigate, multiage classes which closely mimic what children encounter in the real world, uninterrupted blocks of work or play time and unique learning materials that allow children to work with minimal supervision from their teacher. Children explore five main areas of learning in a Montessori curriculum which prepares them for the transition to primary school: Practical Life, Math, Sensorial, Geography & Culture and Language. Ultimately, a Montessori education helps children develop creativity, problem-solving, social skills and a perpetual curiosity for people and the world around them.
The Montessori Method’s focus on fostering each child’s innate ability to learn made it a natural choice for our early years programme, providing the basis for our infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten curriculum. While it is not carried through our primary programme, we are committed to practicing core aspects of the philosophy in the primary setting whenever possible.