The Montessori Method

At its core, the Montessori Method emphasizes hands-on learning, self-directed activity, and collaborative play. In a Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to explore, discover, and engage with materials at their own pace, under the gentle guidance of trained educators. This approach honours the natural development of children, nurturing their innate desire to learn and grow.

Key Principles:

  1. Child-Centred Learning: Montessori classrooms are carefully prepared environments designed to facilitate independent exploration and discovery. Children have the freedom to choose their activities, fostering a sense of autonomy and responsibility.
  2. Multi-Age Classrooms: Unlike traditional education systems, Montessori classrooms often include a mix of ages, allowing younger children to learn from older peers and vice versa. This dynamic promotes cooperation, empathy, and a sense of community.
  3. Hands-On Materials: Montessori materials are meticulously crafted to engage the senses and support the development of essential skills, such as concentration, coordination, and problem-solving. From sensorial materials to practical life exercises, each activity serves a specific educational purpose.
  4. Respect for the Individual: Central to the Montessori philosophy is a deep respect for each child as a unique individual with their own interests, strengths, and challenges. Educators observe and adapt to the needs of each child, providing personalized guidance and support along their educational journey.