The whole child approach- Aid to life
- The program aims to help each child reach his/her potential in all areas of life (physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual), at his/her own unique pace.
- Measurement of success lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children, their happiness, maturity, kindness, and love of learning and level of work.
- A model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.
- An environment in which children can freely choose from number of developmentally appropriate activities
Values gained from the environment
- The child is allowed to experience the joy of learning, enjoy the pace and the learning process, and ensures the development of self esteem.
- The development of social skills, emotional growth and motor coordination as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual academic endeavors, i.e., thinking, reasoning and remembering.
How Montessori differs from traditional education?
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind