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What is the Montessori method?

posted Jun 28, 2017, 12:29 PM by GV Montessori   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 12:31 PM ]
When taking parents on tours of our facility, I always ask them if they are familiar with the Montessori method. Most often their response is no. For this reason, I thought it would be helpful to explain the Montessori method in a little bit of detail.

The Montessori method was derived  in the late 1800’s from an Italian physician and educator named Maria Montessori.  After studying the impact of different structures and environments on children with special educational needs, she became interested in how her findings could work for all children. She soon realized that certain environments could have a huge impact on how children progressed and, in turn, developed a method for teaching based around this idea.

You may ask, what kind of environment?  The Montessori environment should be clean, orderly, structured and the shelves should be divided up into the four basic subjects; language, math, sensorial, and practical life.  This type of environment promotes exploration, makes use of sensory approaches and offers children a lot of choice in their activities.  The children should be free to choose what they want to do, but within a very structured environment.

The Montessori method is about learning through process; children learn by doing. This approach encourages children to make their own choices and discoveries.  It can be as simple as completing a practical task, exploring the available materials or sorting objects.

The teacher's role in the Montessori classroom is to guide the children rather than control the children, within a highly prepared environment. The teacher will demonstrate works at circle time, provide the children with works that challenge them and keep the classroom clean and orderly.

The structure comes from the preparation of materials, areas and activities. Montessori observed that the more children were allowed to learn through doing the more independence they gained. Through this approach, learning is recorded through observations by the teachers. The children are assessed on these observations, rather than on their ability to perform specific tasks.

The Montessori method aims to create curiosity and a love for learning and is based on the idea that early years are central to the development of these traits.

“As soon as children find something that interests them, they lose their instability and learn to concentrate”  - Maria Montessori

Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.

Posted by Ms. Kelly of Global Village Montessori Preschool - Pleasanton location