About Montessori.

The Montessori method has grown from its early beginnings at the turn of the last century to become one of the foremost education methods around the world, particularly for the pre-school years. Here we give a brief introduction with links for further sources of information.

Maria Montessori.

Maria Montessori was the first Italian woman to become a doctor in the early 1900's. She was a remarkable woman who devised a revolutionary new way of educating children.

The first school, Casa dei Bambini or Children's House, that Maria Montessori took responsibility for was officially opened on the 6th of January 1907 in a slum area of San Lorenzo, Rome, Italy. It was from here that she noticed the transformation of the uneducated slum children that attended the Casa dei Bambini over a very short space of time. She studied the children and gradually developed her teaching methods.

Her methods have grown into a renowned worldwide movement which is not only relevant today but one of the most effective educational methods to date. Dr Maria Montessori devoted her life to the education of children and lectured extensively throughout the world and wrote many books on the subject.

The core of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that children have the greatest capacity to learn between birth and six years of age.

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What is Montessori education?

The Montessori approach to education embraces the following:

  • individualised instruction for children,
  • mixed-age grouping of children,
  • a structured curriculum,
  • a prepared environment using specialised Montessori teaching materials and methodology.

Montessori classrooms are arranged in such a way as to provide an environment that supports independent, self-directed learning and self-assessment.

Dr Maria Montessori, who developed this education programme, strongly believed that parents are the child's first and most influential teacher. This is why Montessori schools encourage parents to be involved in school activities.

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How children learn.

The Montessori methodology emphasises hands-on learning. Concentration is fundamental to learning. For children, the best way to gain concentration is by performing a task with their hands.

All Montessori materials in the classroom are child-size, designed not only to appeal to children but also to develop their curiosity and interest, which enables them to focus and learn.

The K.I.D.S. SEAhome Montessori is proud to offer a Montessori programme that facilitates self directed learning.

The Montessori Programme features:

  • Hands on learning and manipulation (particularly effective for Mathematics as concepts are first presented in their concrete form to enable children to understand abstract ideas much better at a later age).
  • Self correcting materials and activities which motivate students to persevere and improve.
  • Student free choice of educational activities within a carefully prepared environment (80% of the work carried out by children through independent activity and the remaining work through teacher-directed activity).
  • Subjects offered in a non-traditional, integrated manner where skill and concept are the predominant focus for organising learning.
  • A focus on the intrinsic motivation of students, rather than the ineffective method of rewards and sanctions.
  • Mixed age students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy.
  • Certified teachers trained in the Montessori philosophy and methodology.

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Maria Montessori giving speech.

Maria Montessori giving a speech.

Child working.

Child learning independently.

Sensorial Equipment.

Some Montessori equipment.

Learning to read.

Child learning to read.

Montessori in 1913.

Montessori in 1913.

Montessori in India.

Montessori in India, 1940.

Montessori with children.

Montessori with children, 1951.

Group images of Montessori Kids.