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Montessori Inspired

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“The education of even a very small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school but for life.”

(Maria Montessori)

Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving the child. Though her approach was developed during the early 1900’s, the continued international success of and interest in Montessori education bear witness to its modern-day relevance.

This world-renowned method focuses on following the individual child and recognises his/her ability to direct his/her own learning in a well-prepared, favourable environment. The role of the teacher is to observe and direct or guide, rather than teach in the traditional sense of the word. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, making spontaneous choices as to which of the didactic materials, researched and developed by Montessori herself, they are ready to explore.

The traditional Montessori areas of learning consist of practical life, education of the senses, literacy, numeracy & arithmetic, knowledge & understanding of the world, creativity, and outdoor learning.

With her “Casa dei Bambini” concept, Maria Montessori advocated a loving home environment as more conducive to learning for young children, as opposed to an environment with an institutional atmosphere, which could be interpreted as threatening to a young child.

The Montessori philosophy is an inspiration to us and is therefore integrated in our approach, methodology and materials.

“Children come out of Montessori education understanding there is a richness and diversity to human culture and there’s also a sameness. We all want love; we have families, we care about people, we do not want to live on a barren planet and we need to respect everyone’s pursuit of these things. That’s a basic but critical lesson of socialization, and it’s something children get very well in Montessori.”

(Hughes in Anderson 2007)