“There is no one way to learn, in the same way that there can be only one way to teach.” (Maria Montessori)
When a child grows up with the Montessori method, their intelligence and each of their sensory skills are explored and addressed through a comprehensive approach based on respect for themselves, others and the environment, thus facilitating the process of socialization, discipline and motivation to learn, guiding them towards a successful and fulfilling life.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MONTESSORI METHOD
The Montessori method is a comprehensive educational approach that values the learning process of the individual from birth to adulthood, its creation and implementation based on observations of children’s needs in a variety of cultures around the world.
It was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago. It is based on her understanding of the natural tendencies of children’s learning as being developed in “prepared environments” for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-14.) The Montessori environment contains special manipulative materials for development that invite children to immerse themselves in learning activities on their schedule. Under the guidance of the teacher, children in a Montessori classroom, learning as they discover new things using manipulative materials, cultivate concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. Dr. Montessori, after years of studying behavior and the aptitudes of children, came to the following conclusions, which form the foundation of Montessori:
● Children have an amazing capacity for mental concentration, which depends on spontaneous interest which they demonstrate themselves in certain activities (sensitive periods ). Learning voluntarily.
● Children love repetitive work, providing them with security.
● Children love order, developing control.
● Children love the freedom of choice of employment, independence.
● Children prefer the word “work” to ” game” as a name for their performance.
● There is no need to implement rewards and punishments in the classroom.
● Children love silence, concentration.
● Children have a clear sense of personal dignity, respect.
● Spontaneous self-discipline occurs when the child is offered an environment of freedom, order and respect.