What is Montessori?

 

Well now where do we begin?  Most probably by inviting parents to visit our setting and to see for themselves our children at work in the classroom.  Observe as even the very youngest child carefully selects their chosen activity and sits with it.  Watch as they become absorbed in the materials, touching, feeling and exploring at their own pace, whilst at the same time refining their skills, developing their concentration, sharing ideas and forming close relationships with both their teachers and other children.  And when they have finally exhausted all interest and achieved what they set out to do, see how with equal care and concentration, the work is returned to its correct place in the classroom.

 

“Never help a child with a task at which they feel they can succeed at.”

 

Who was Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) was born in Italy and after studying at the University of Rome went on to become both a respected physician and educator.  Her pioneering work with children with learning difficulties became the inspiration behind her first school known as  ‘Casa dei Bambini’ (The Children’s House) and which in turn led to the philosophy of education which still bears her name.  Over one hundred years on from the opening of her first school, the Montessori method of teaching continues to inspire and influence education throughout the world today.

 

“Within the child lies the fate of the future”