Montessori's educational philosophy

Dr. Maria Montessori established the Montessori Method in Italy in the early 1900s and her scientific approach to education was formed around the individual needs of the child. Her Goal was to build up the kid and their entire identity through a framework that is centered on unconstrained utilization of the human astuteness.

Built on three primary principles – individual liberty, observation, and preparation of the environment – it designed an environment children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities.

Philosophies - the Montessori system is child driven giving importance to self-paced, active and individualized learning. Here the children can choose activities based on their interest and work on them for uninterrupted units of time. Teachers note their progress and encourage the utilization of educating materials. The Montessori frameworks empower kids to become more confident, independent, self-regulated and self-disciplined.

Benefits - One of the significant advantages of Montessori training is that the child is active within his own pace and set rhythms. The Montessori system leaves the kids progressively more self-regulated and this is a major advantage as this is a chief criterion for success in school, not intelligence but self-regulation. Adversely the benefits seen in the traditional system is that the children’s imagination can seriously flourish, and their social skills are also given a boost.

The teacher in a Montessori classroom is more of a guide and facilitator respecting the concentration and varied learning methodologies of the children. Non-aggression and non-interruption, tolerance and concern for others are stressed. Montessori is about learning to balance responsibility with freedom of choice. It offers children the opportunity to realize their potential in a non-competitive environment and seeks to promote in them:

  • Independence and adaptability
  • Respect for work
  • Concentration and persistence in completing a task
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • A sense of achievement and self worth
  • Initiative and self motivation
  • A sense of responsibility for themselves and their actions
  • Cooperation with others and a sense of community
  • Respecting the rights and needs of other

Other key aspects of Montessori include:

  • Multi-age classrooms
  • The teacher as the guide
  • Following the child
  • Orderly and neat learning environment
  • Peace curriculum

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