Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She spent her life working in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed and realized that children must be stimulated during early childhood, from birth to six, in order to reach their full potential. Montessori believed that the desire to learn is a child’s most fundamental need, and through her work she developed a scientific method for teaching children that is both practical and tested.
The Montessori Environment
The Montessori Learning Environment is much different than the traditional school model. Montessori instructors are trained to support the children as they learn through their interactions with a carefully prepared and maintained learning environment. The classrooms are arranged according to subject areas (practical life, sensorial, cultural, language and math). Traditional Montessori materials are made of natural materials (wood, metal, glass) and encourage the child to focus on one skill or concept at a time. Before the age of six, a child learns through all of their senses from direct contact with the environment around them. Because all the materials in a Montessori classroom are manipulative, children learn in a very “hands-on” concrete way before being expected to learn abstractly. Children are free to move around the room and choose the work that they wish to do; in this way children learn at their own pace and are not pushed ahead or held back to fit into a pre-determined curriculum. Another important principle of the Montessori philosophy is that children also learn by observing and teaching others. A co-operative atmosphere rather than a competitive one is encouraged in the classroom. Over time, the children learn to make responsible choices for their learning and show others the love and respect that is shown to them by their intructors.
"Children are…at an age when they are greatly interested in movements and seem anxious to learn how they should move about. They are passing through that epoch of their lives when they must become masters of their own actions."
— Montessori, The Discovery of The Child
The philosophy, which guides everything we do in Montessori, is to follow the child. Children learn at different paces and have different interests which is why an important part of the Montessori approach is the one-on-one relationship between the child and their directress. By observing and engaging, the directress knows how they are advancing. This way, the directress knows when it is time to move them up to a more challenging exercise. The other key factor in Montessori early childhood education is the meticulously designed, extensive series of exercises. Each exercise is part of a carefully planned progression, mastering one skill that is an essential ingredient of a more complicated skill. The philosophy is the result of ongoing research into the best ways of helping children learn.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed”
– Maria Montessori.
We have developed an all-inclusive program for our families. Tuition includes healthy nutritious meals and snacks, all school closures except statutory holidays, and real-time access to BrightPath Connect - a mobile app that provides updates and progress reports throughout your child’s time with us. Our inter-curricular language and movement program is also included.