The Montessori Method
PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES
To perform daily tasks and develop a sense of responsibility. Activities to aid motor skill, physical co-ordination, cognitive development, self-confidence and independence.
Develop sensorial-motor capabilities of the 5 senses – to hone and fine-tune the awareness of their sensorial faculties. Sensorial education also provides the basis for other areas of development.
Phonetic sounds of letters – word building, speaking, story telling, dramatics reading and writing. The phonetic approach using sandpaper letters and the word building kit teaches new readers basic matching, word recognition and phrase-reading exercises to the point where they can confidently tackle sentences and stories.
Montessori arithmetic is taught as early as three years, by giving the child objects to hold, count and manipulate and through hands on experience to grasp the concept of numbers and quantity. These help in understanding the fundamentals of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ensure a good math foundation before the child enters Primary one.
Cultural Geography, History and Science Concepts are illustrated by simple experiments, charts, stories and educational excursions.
Nature Walks, Field trips, Picnics, Festivals, Creative art and craft, Music and movement, Computers & media, Outdoor plays.
Creative and exploratory activities in these areas provide the child with the self-worth and confidence to last a lifetime. An all rounded exposure to all facets of learning, bringing forth the creativity of a child is what we aim for.
Dr. Maria Montessori
An Italian educator and reformer, Dr. Maria Montessori originated the Montessori method of education, stressing development of initiative and freedom of the child. It is based on scientific observations of children’s almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings as well as their tireless interest in working with materials.
- ‘Children teach themselves’. This simple and profound truth inspired Montessori’s lifelong pursuit of research in educational reform, methodology, psychology and teaching – all based on her dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child.
- The Montessori classroom is structured to enhance social and learning skills. By experiencing the class as a functioning social community, the child is trained in the fundamental social qualities that form the basis of responsible individuals.
- Children learn to work co-operatively within a group and the contagious enthusiasm encourages the development of individual talents and interests.
- Children attain confidence through achievement.
- The Montessori method aims to develop a child’s concentration, co-ordination, independence, self-discipline, initiative, and persistence in completing tasks, creative self-expression, orderliness, and desire to learn.
- Children are encouraged to reach full potential through teaching methods that develop the whole personality of the child – not merely intellectual faculties, but also powers of deliberation, independent choice and associated emotional development.