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What is Montessori Methodology?

An Introduction

This method guides the children to understand the importance of " Knowing How To Learn ". This method is characterized by an emphasis on independence , freedom within limits, and respect for a child psychological development. It is commonly misunderstood that ‘Montessori’ is just another name for nursery, kindergarten, play school or pre-kg. In reality, the Montessori system is a scientific form of education that has a philosophy with a defined process of teaching, using scientifically designed equipment Montessori schools promote hands on, self paced, collaborative, joyful learning. Children in Montessori follow their interests, wherever that passion leads; giving them strong academics, leadership, self discipline, responsibility, independence, initiative and a lifetime love of learning.

Montessori education focuses on developing the child’s

  • Motor and sensory Skills
  • Intellectual Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Social Skills
Montessori based Activities

  • A child’s day at Step up 3 is scheduled with Montessori-based activities.
  • The Montessori materials enable the child to clarify, classify and comprehend their world.

  • The Montessori –based activities are targeted in building the following skills
    • Sensorial
    • Maths
    • Language
    • Art and Music
    • Eye and Hand co ordination
    • Expanding the boundaries of classroom by introducing gardening, kitchen, etc.

Montessori approach of teaching

Young children 'learn' in a unique way from birth to around 6 years. They do not have a language or a conscious will to learn like adults do. They have an “absorbent mind” whereby, using their senses, they unconsciously create their personality by absorbing from their environment. During the first phase, from birth to 3 years, they learn to walk, speak, gain control of their hands, and master their bodily functions. By about 3 years, they move into the period of conscious work or the conscious phase of the absorbent mind. Their fundamental need during this phase is freedom - freedom to move purposefully, freedom to choose, and freedom to concentrate. Their mantra is “Let Me Do It By Myself!”

Reason to choose Montessori
  • Montessori moves from concrete to abstract.
  • Montessori facilitates a natural love for learning.
  • Montessori seeks to educate the whole child.
  • Montessori abstains from rewards.
  • Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential.
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History

Montessori Education is a model-based educational approach developed by italian physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori. An interest in Montessori had existed in India since 1913, when an Indian student attended the first international course in Rome, and students throughout the 1920s and 1930s had come back to India to start schools and promote Montessori education. A method of educating young children that stresses development of a child's own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play. This method allowed children to develop at their own pace and provided educators with a better understanding of child development.

When Love and Skill works together expect a masterpiece.
- Ruskin

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