What is Montessori?
Montessori is an educational approach, developed by Italian Physician and educator Maria Montessori. This method has been implemented worldwide since 1906 and has proven to be a success; its effectiveness is demonstrated by children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Montessori is a philosophy, a set of values and a way of thinking which provides an approach to life based on respect and trust. Montessori is about understanding that young children are driven to become independent and take part in daily activities that may be taken for granted. Dr. Maria Montessori firmly believed the first six years of a child's life are the most critical in terms of processing information and physical development. It is during this time that a child's powers of absorption are the highest, and attitudes and learning patterns are formed. Our Montessori teachers have studied the work of Dr. Montessori and can apply the theory behind the method in all areas of the prepared environment.
Montessori material is a general name for the teaching aids and activities within the classroom; which include a combination of specific Montessori apparatus and teacher made materials. Montessori designed her didactic apparatus by observing children, realizing that children need the comfort of using things their own size. The Montessori apparatus is introduced to children as they become ready for the 'next step' in their learning process. All activities are presented on a 1:1 basis; this way individual progress can be assessed and recorded enabling staff to track children's progression in attaining their early learning goals as set out in the EYFS.