One Approach to Early Childhood Education
1. What is the Montessori Method?
The Montessori method is a
multi-sensory approach to learning. The goal is to cultivate
the child’s own natural desire to learn.
2. How is the Montessori child taught?
In our Montessori
environment the child is given individual or small group
lessons with specially designed materials. These are attractive,
child-sized pieces of apparatus that are self-correcting.
The child develops at their own rate, according to their
own capacities, in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Our teachers “Control the
environment not the child” leading to
the ultimate emergence of the new normalized child.
We teach children to observe, to think, to
judge. The children are introduced to the joy of learning
at an age when they are most sensitive and foundations are
laid for a lifetime of creative learning.
Montessori vs. Traditional
- Environment and method encourage self-discipline.
- Mainly individual instruction.
- Grouping encourages children to teach each other.
- Child reinforces own learning by repetition of
work and internalization.
- Organized program for learning care of self and
- Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline.
- Group and individual instruction.
- Most teaching done by teacher.
- Curriculum structured for child.
- Learning is reinforced externally by repetition
- Less emphasis on self-care and self-instruction.