Benefits And Outcomes
The first classrooms designed by Maria Montessori were for 3-5 years old in a typical home like manner. Such an environment provides an opportunity for the older kids to act as leaders to the younger ones and the middle group as companions for the juniors. Their journey begins with learning to watch a lesson and ends with giving one. In a Montessori classroom, while playing with a toy, a child not just concentrates but also enjoys the ownership of the toy. He understands that it is his and will not be snatched from him. Likewise, he also learns to respect others’ space, toys and activities. This way, all the kids learn to return the toys in their original form and place after finishing with the play or activity. He also understands that he will have plenty of chances to play with the toy again in future. By instilling this habit in kids, it brings down the competition and differences between them while cultivating respect and patience .
“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. She must free herself from all preconceived ideas concerning the levels at which the children may be.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Freedom Within Limits
In a Montessori Classroom, every kid is free to use and play with any toy, tool or material after they have been taught how to use it. The curriculum teaches them the value of patience and how to care for objects with respect. This also provides an opportunity for the guide to observe the kids and identify their interests, dislikes, etc during the learning period. The Montessori environment helps the children to be independent in making decisions, and this helps in their physical and emotional development. We expect them to discover more about themselves and also about others while learning the fundamentals of academic education. Moreover, we teach them inquisitiveness, leadership skills, and a sense of humble independence. All of these can be achieved with a perfectly planned classroom environment offering various choices within limits.
“It is the child’s way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it … threading always in the paths of joy and love.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”
Focus on the Whole Child
The Montessori School Environment acts as a platform for the academic, social, emotional, physical and mental development of the kids. Hence, kids’ expertise develops not just in academics but also in terms of leadership, problem solving, and decision-making skills. When it comes to a regular system of education, the entire programme is focused on academics. But in the Montessori programme, equal importance is given to all aspects of education and we believe that academics alone is not sufficient for child development. Montessori education has more to offer than just academics. It teaches about being independent, enhances concentration, and inculcates the habit of sharing and respect for the community.
“As soon as independence has been reached, the adult who keeps on helping becomes an obstacle.”
Dr. Maria Montessori (1949), “The Absorbent Mind”
Hands on learning
Our classrooms are well equipped with the materials and tools for your child’s lessons like shapes, colors, tastes, smells, and tools for math activities like for addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. And of course, our motto has always been “Follow the Child”. The hand brain coordination differs at every stage of development. The working of hands stimulates the formation of complex neurology through sensory experiences of all kinds. Also, we provide an actual experience for the child about the world using concrete materials in the classroom, inside and outdoors.
“Little children revealed that the development of the mind is stimulated by the movement of the hands. The hand is the instrument of the intelligence. The child needs to manipulate objects and to gain experience by touching and handling.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, “The 1946 London Lectures”