The educational philosophy of Dr Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) is focused on the total development of the child – social, emotional, intellectual, physical, cultural and spiritual – so that the child will be better prepared for life and able to adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.
The Montessori approach to education is child centred and is based on mutual respect and co-operation. Montessori education offers children the opportunity to realise their potential.
Key outcomes of a Montessori education include:
- Independence and tolerance with a respect of the rights and needs of others.
- Initiative and self motivation whilst employing good work habits.
- Creative intelligence and imagination.
- Self-confidence, self-esteem, a sense of achievement and self-worth.
Dr Maria Montessori
In order to achieve these goals, the school provides an ordered and secure environment where the child feels free to explore and discover. The Montessori environment is specially prepared to meet the needs of the child at each particular level of development.
The school has a set of values that it holds fundamental to the operation of the School. These values help to maintain a vision and act as a guideline for a range of activities within the community including leadership and administration.
Montessori education is a non-secular alternative to mainstream education. Montessori education is taught throughout the world and in 2013 celebrated 100 years of education in Australia.
The most successful and exciting way to gain more information about Montessori Education is to visit the school and observe the children in the specifically designed learning environments as the work o their development under the guidance of the trained Montessori director.
Montessori Points of Difference
Perhaps the most common question from almost every prospective parent is based around the topic of difference. Questions such as ‘how is Montessori different?’ or ‘what will my child gain whilst at the school?
Long narratives would provide a detailed description but for those that want a quick visual the attached link provides just that! The chart has been compiled from varying articles and research undertaken internationally.
An Interesting & Entertaining Video About Montessori
Montessori Advocate Trevor Eissler introduces readers to Montessori education - a very fast pen!