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The Montessori method is an approach to educating children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952).
Dr. Maria Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative learning materials that invite children to engage in learning activities and develop Language, Math, Science, Geography, Practical Learning and Help develop Sensorial skills. Children learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating hand and eye coordination, concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love for learning
Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment.
The classroom environment is purposefully created by providing a wide range of learning materials for free and independent use by children Individual liberty of children is respected to choose their own activities. This freedom allows children to follow their inner guidance for self-directed learning Children teach and learn through their own discovery
The Montessori learning materials are generally organized into five basic categories: practical life, sensorial, math, language, and culture. Other categories include geography ( a child’s perception of herself in space), history (a child’s perception of herself in time), and science (interactions with the natural world) Work is designed to teach the child various skills such as order, concentration, coordination, control, confidence and self-esteem to guide themselves to success.
During early years (0-6y), children have “sensitive periods” (also called “developmental levels”), during which they are particularly receptive to a certain Stimuli. Observe and watch the child for this “sensitive period”. Then utilize this period to help him understand and master his environment. For eg. between the ages (1y 1/2 – 3 years), children are receptive to Language development; between (3y 1/2 – 4y 1/2) children are receptive to writing;between (4y 1/2 – 5y 1/2) children are receptive to reading
Mixed age group of children are in the same class. Usually (1y 1/2 – 3 years) are grouped together, and (3 – 6 years) work together. The idea is that the younger children will learn from the older children, and the older children will build leadership and confidence by teaching the younger children, and also master the topic as they repeat it to the younger children.