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WHAT MAKES MONTESSORI EDUCATION UNIQUE?

Dr Maria Montessori liked to tell the story of a little girl who came for the first time to a Montessori house of children and asked the first child she met "is it true that in this school you are allowed to do what you like?"

"I don't know about that," was the reply after a pause, "but I do know that we like what we do!"

Education, according to Maria Montessori, is an aid to life. In a Montessori environment, each child is attended to individually and is allowed to progress at his or her own pace. This approach leads to an overall development of the child's personality.

It also prepares them for various skills in life:
  1. Problem Solving
    Minimum assistance by the adult in the environment and freedom of communication aid in solving problems which crop up each day

  2. Decision Making
    Each child decides for himself what he chooses to do and more importantly what not to do.

  3. Creative Thinking
    The freedom to perform activities in any manner allows him to exercise his creativity while working with various sensorial materials. This process refines the child's senses, thus preparing him for conventional creative fields.
Tiny-tots, each feeling special

How does it work?

Each Montessori class operates on the principle of 'freedom within limits'. Every program is based on core Montessori beliefs- respect for each other and for the environment.

Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on her observations of the children to determine new activities and materials she may introduce to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning.

The three-year span in the Montessori environment provides a family-like grouping where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning. This peer group learning is intrinsic to Montessori.

THE EXERCISES OF PRACTICAL LIFE

The focus is not on learning the particular skill involved, although this accomplishment undoubtedly will aid the development of the child's self-confidence and independence. It is rather to enable the child to develop control of movement, concentration, self-discipline, and the ability to complete a cycle of activity. The practical life activities are those the children see done in their own homes.

THE SENSORIAL ACTIVITIES

Sensorial apparatus provides a particular purpose and focus. It includes using the child's hands and senses and spontaneous activity.
This education is not an exercise to sharpen the senses, but to allow the child to use his or her senses to understand what he or she sees.
During the ages 3-6 , the hands are the busiest of all. All the materials are with three dimensional objects that help the eye-hand co-ordination and provide a concept of size and shapes for later learning.

THE MONTESSORI LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Montessori language program is based on a strong foundation of phonetics. English language with all its orthographic difficulties is presented in a very meticulous and logical manner. The phonetic approach equips the child to pen his thoughts freely. The correction of spelling is done very subtly so that it does not hinder the child's creative flow of thought.

ARITHMETIC

The Montessori mathematical materials allow children to begin their mathematical journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and intervention.


Rods, spindles, cards, beads, cubes and counters are some of the concrete tools used to symbolize mathematical abstractions. The child does not merely learn to count; he understands the concept of ‘how many’ because he holds the amount in his hands. Likewise, he is able to perform the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using concrete materials.
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