One hundred years ago, Dr Maria Montessori, an inspirational educator, developed a unique method of education, based on research into childhood learning.
The Montessori approach fosters children’s love of learning and encourages independence by providing an environment of activities and materials which children use at their own pace. This builds self-confidence, inner discipline, a sense of self-worth and instills positive social behaviour. The approach forms the basis for lifelong learning.
In today’s world it is more important than ever that children become motivated individuals able to develop to their full potential. Montessori takes into account the whole child and his place in the community, hence its relevance for today and the future.
Montessori education is growing steadily in Australia. There are currently around 210 schools and centres nationwide. The majority of Montessori schools are run by community-based, non-profit associations. There are a growing number of privately owned centres as well as programmes within public school settings. Montessori Indigenous learning programmes are also emerging, and Indigenous communities appreciate the fact that their own culture is respected within Montessori classrooms.
The Importance of the Montessori Education
As a responsible parent you would definitely wish to give your child the best education possible. You should be aware that between the age of two and six years the child grasps the maximum amount of information from his surroundings. The child’s mind is like a sponge. He absorbs all that he perceives around him. This period is therefore very crucial in a child’s life. In fact, this period can be concluded as the formative years of a child. A carefully-planned environment run by properly-trained adults should be a feature of any school, house of children, or play home which promises to aid the development of the child’s personality and intellect in this critical phase of his life. The Montessori System of Education is the most scientific, comprehensive, effective and humane system of early education.
A Montessori House of Children is a place where children are guided in their activities by Montessori-trained Adults. Montessori-trained adults are individuals who are trained in the Montessori methodology. The Montessori-trained adult plays a very critical role in the development of the Child’s personality and intellect. Instilling self-confidence and thereby building the child’s self-esteem will be one of the main tasks of the Montessori-trained adult in a Montessori environment. In fact, the Montessori method is the only education method which addresses the issue of building self-confidence and self-esteem in a child. It has repeatedly been proved in studies that self-confidence should be instilled in a child early in life.
Statistics and studies have established beyond doubt that individuals who began their learning years in a Montessori environment have fared much better in lives than children who underwent conventional education in their early years. In fact this is one major reason for the ever-growing popularity of the Montessori Methodology.