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Montessori is an education philosophy based on the belief that a child flourishes in a warm, nurturing environment that supports each individuals unique development.

Who was Maria Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an early 20th Century Italian educator and visionary. She became the first female doctor in Italy in 1896. Through her work with children, she developed a unique educational method known as the Montessori method. Dr. Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize three times, 1949, 1950 and 1951. Today in Montessori schools all over the world, her teachings still lead the way for those of us who believe in the overwhelming importance of the first six year of life.

What Makes Montessori Education Unique?

The 'Whole Child Approach'

The primary goal of a Montessori programme is to assist each child reach their full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social and emotional growth, physical co-ordination, cognitive and language skills. The holistic curriculum, under the direction of the teacher, allows the child to experience the joy of learning, time to enjoy the process rather than the end result. This ensures the positive development of the whole child.

The Montesorri Classroom'

In the classroom the child has the opportunity to be guided as an independent learner in a variety of modes, such as teacher presentations, independent research and negotiated curriculum. This occurs through direct interaction with the prepared environment and the Montessori materials.

Each classroom is fully equipped with specially designed Montessori teaching materials. The child learns at his/her rate in a multi aged classroom. The multi-aging allows for cross age tutoring and social responsibility to develop in a naturally sustaining environment, which fosters a caring classroom.

Childhood is a period of extraordinary sensitivity. The absorption of impressions, sights, sounds and all other aspects of the environment are all comprehensive and indelible.