Montessori is an educational pedagogy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago. The basic premise of the Montessori philosophy is that all children display within themselves the person they will become. The Montessori classroom provides the environment and materials that the child needs for his/her personal development. This allows the child the freedom to choose their activities according to their own interests and readiness in a non-competitive environment.
Dr. Montessori believed that every person must educate himself: that a teacher is merely there to provide information and to guide a student through the learning environment. She felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education should be to create a child’s curiosity, a love for knowledge and a strong desire to learn.
Montessori education offers children an environment to break down and understand processes at their level, test out hypotheses and find solutions. Montessori-educated children gain sophisticated wisdom as well as broad general knowledge, solid leadership and team skills, and a sense of belonging to society. A child’s strong qualities of confidence, maturity, and self-motivation will enable them to engage in the community at large.
Montessori vs Traditional Primary Education
The Montessori philosophy is based on the belief that children develop at their own unique rate. Montessori recognizes these variances and allows the child to self-construct according to their individual will. The teacher is trained to carefully guide the child and assist them in their own discoveries. The majority of lessons are taught one child at a time – this allows the teacher to fully engage with the child and have a deeper understanding of their needs. Self-confidence, independence and the joy of learning are just a few of the outcomes seen in Montessori children by simply allowing the child to choose their work.