Dr. Maria Montessori , an Italian physician, one of the most important educators of our time, emphasized the need for early education. More recently, educational research has verified that the early years are the most important of the child’s life.
The most important period of life is not the age of University studies, but the period from birth to the age of six, for that is the time when intelligence itself, her greatest implement, is being formed.
Dr Maria Montessori
The recent realization of these facts, and the growing awareness of the world’s complexities are leading parents to seek Montessori education for their child. More than just an available education, Montessori environment provides a programme suited to the needs of the child. Montessori attitudes and philosophy, are based on natural laws of development and they are correlated for use as an educational system.
Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures all round the world. Beginning her work almost a century ago Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies as they unfold in “Prepared environment” for multi-age groups.
The Montessori environment contains specifically designed manipulative “materials for development” that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials cultivating concentration, motivation, self discipline and a love of learning.
The Montessori method focuses on three main factors:
- The child
- The environment
- The adult