The Montessori approach is basically an educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a result of her observations and discoveries of the ways in which children learn. The methodology revealed that education is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. Hence, the teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child to independently discover, understand, and achieve the educational objectives. Thus, students learn the concepts via working with tangible, specialized educational materials rather than the traditional lecturing style. In addition, through the implementation of the Montessori approach children learn responsibility, compassion for others and self-motivation.
The school integrates the Montessori approach from Foundation stage and up to the end of the Primary stage (up to year 6). The aim is to ensure that each child develops his/her full potential and becomes a healthy well educated adult that can benefit the society.
Children who attend Montessori schools develop the following qualities:
– Academic excellence
– Self motivation
– Lifelong love of learning
– Self control
– Confidence and competence
– Social awareness
– Spiritual awareness
– Creativity and originality of thought
The aims of the Montessori approach are as follows:
To create a caring family atmosphere within which academic learning, social and personal development of students can take place in the right environment.
To work co-operatively with parents to enable our students to develop:
A sense of self-discipline and responsibility for their own actions.
A sense of identity, achievement and self worth.
An empathy for children’s feelings.
An awareness and a desire to care for their environment.