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Maria Montessori's Philosophy

The Montessori Method

Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), The Montessori Method is centered upon the belief that one should provide the most positive and harmonious development of the whole child. This ultimately prepares them for a rich lifetime of learning and experience.

Maria Montessori observed the learning process within children of all creeds and backgrounds from birth to maturity. She then distilled this into what is now recognized as the internationally acclaimed Montessori Method.

The Montessori Classroom

The Montessori Classroom is a very carefully prepared school environment with specific materials which both educate and refine the child’s senses while enhancing their understanding of the world around them. This environment functions by allowing the child to develop independently in all areas of learning according to his or her inner psychological and motivational needs. The learning materials are freely available for the children to learn and explore, creating a dynamic learning process guided and encouraged by the Montessori teacher.

Our approach and the Montessori method for child development from 18 months to six years focus on their needs at the individual level.

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Science

Biology, botany and zoology are some of the areas of science on which we focus our study. We teach children about various aspects of science, earth, nature, and more.

Studies include the following:

  • Study of plants and animals

  • Physical science

  • Earth science

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Mathematics

Mathematics arises form the human mind as it comes into contact with the world and as it contemplates the universe and the factors of time and space. Systematic progress is made from the concrete toward abstract reasoning.

 

Sample materials used for Mathematics:

 

  • Number Rods

  • Addition and Multiplication Boards

  • Sandpaper Numbers

  • Counting Boards

  • Multiplication Beads

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Geography

The study of Geography and Culture is the study of people, places, and the ways of life that have been established by human societies to sustain life. It is the study of the features of the earth and the cultures that were developed in the various parts of the world by human beings. 

Sample materials used for Geography and Culture:

 

  • Sandpaper Globe

  • Land and Water Models

  • Puzzle Maps

  • Land and Water pictures

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Language

Language is a system of symbols with an agreed-upon meaning that is used by a group of people. Language is a means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sounds and signs, thus, being the spoken and written language.

 

Sample materials used for Language:

 

  • Graphic Symbols and Their Key Sounds

  • Sound Games

  • Sandpaper Letters

  • Moveable Alphabet

  • Metal Insets

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Practical
Life

"Practical Life," as its name implies, involves teaching students everyday life skills:

 

  • Simple food preparation, such as preparing snacks, carrying a tray, carrying a jug, and pouring water into a glass.

  • Dressing frames – buttons, zippers, clasps, shoe laces, buckle, bow, hook and eye

  • Cleaning, scrubbing, washing, polishing, sweeping

  • Grace and courtesy

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Sensorial

"Sensorial" refers to the five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Children build cognitive skills and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment.

 

Sample materials use for Sensorial:

 

  • Cylinder Blocks

  • Pink Tower

  • Brown Stairs

  • Red Rods

  • Color Tablets

  • Geometric Cabinet