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What is Montessori Education

What is Montessori Education

Montessori Education is an alternative educational method and delivery that is based on a child’s self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning and highly trained Montessori teacher or a Montessori Adult offers age-appropriate activities to demonstrate and guide the process. Montessori Classrooms are “Prepared Environments” designed intentionally with materials to develop the child’s natural curiosity and development.

The Montessori Philosophy was created by the Visionary Dr Maria Montessori who was born in Italy in 1870. She began an educational revolution that changed the way we think about children more than anyone before or ever since. At Hive Montessori School, Chennai we are an excellent school delivering true Montessori pedagogy to our children from Primary years all the way to Elementary and Secondary schooling with Farm Integration (Erdkinder)

In her book “Education for a New World”, She says “Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a new child who will not be a victim of events, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society”.

As a doctor, Dr. Montessori chose paediatrics as her specialties. While teaching at her medical school, Dr.Montessori treated many children who attended her clinics. During that time, she observed that intrinsic intelligence was present in children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Dr.
Montessori became the director of the Orthophrenic School for developmentally challenged children in 1900. There she began to extensively research early childhood development and education. She began to conceptualise her own method of applying educational theories, which she tested through hands-on scientific observation of students at the Orthophrenic School that she founded resulting in remarkable improvement in students’ development. Over many further years of deep research, She spread her research findings in speeches throughout Europe, also using her platform to advocate for women’s and children’s rights

Meaning of Montessori Education

The meaning of Montessori Philosophy lies in respecting the natural laws of development in the child. The Montessori environment recognizes the child’s “inner urge” to live in obedience to these natural laws of development.

The Use of Montessori Materials

  • The areas of practical life experiences, sensorial education language, arithmetic and culture are taught with concrete materials.

  • The materials are self-corrective in nature- Montessori environment is interaction of material, teacher and children from the environment

  • The Montessori materials are specially designed to ulfil the inner needs of the child. These are displayed within the reach of the children.

  • The purposeful activity makes the child happy in their achievement. Intellectual environment is kept up by Dr.Montessori’s didactic materials. here is only one set in each, to that he children may wait for their turns.

The Role of a Montessori teacher

  • The teachers work without prejudice and preconceived ideas, rely on direct and careful observation of their children in the spirit of humility.

  • The teachers respect the child, their effort and knowledge.

  • Teacher records their observation and changes are brought in if necessary in individual and group work.

  • Brevity, simplicity, truth and objectivity are kept up by the teachers as “Inner rules” in the atmosphere of a controlled freedom.

  • The Teachers remove the negative reinforcements and apply positive reinforcements for correction.

  • The teacher acts as guides and they learn from their pupils as the pupils learn from them. So, the attitude is congenial.

How does the child Benefit

  • The adult will show how to use the materials in a loving way without eprimands or punishments. The child will not suffer for his/her errors. “Timeouts” will enlighten them that they can do it differently

  • First, importance is given to normalization of children. Repetitive activity is allowed till their mastery, which will be an added beneficial point that you cannot find in a conventional classroom. Control of error will be in the material itself.

  • The aim is to bring out the child’s potential to the maximum level intellectually, morally and culturally with child sized materials, real in nature, with access to garden etc. Aesthetic environment with order and cleanliness gives peace and calmness to the minds of the children.

The Hive Montessori Advantage

Upon admission to Hive Montessori, each child is assessed for individual educational needs so that a custom learning plan (IEP) may be put into place. The child benefits from a full curriculum designed to address each of their needs based on the identified strengths and gaps, rather than by chronological age. Overall educational learning goals are defined, and then the child transitions through the program based on the successful completion of individual goals, rather than the general expectation of the age group.

Every concept / material is introduced in a successional order to the child by the trained adult through emphasis on demonstration and minimal speech. The child will learn to patiently wait for their turn to practice one component at a time until they show mastery. The hierarchically structured curriculum helps the child to understand and progress from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract in sequential steps. Every activity the child is involved in has a built-in “control of error” and there is no requirement for the adult to feedback. The child learns by doing rather than by saying.

There is an optimal balance between freedom of movement, “liberty within limits” and structure in a Montessori classroom. With its established rituals and predictable “prepared environment”, Montessori provides a much needed structure for a child. Everything in the classroom has a proper place and defined purpose. Although the children are given the freedom to move around, they need to abide by ground rules that are meant to preserve order in the classroom. The use of visual materials and routines greatly assists the children in transitions between activities and across the day.

In a Montessori education, opportunities for personality growth and life skill development are as important as academic growth. Children are given the opportunity to take care of themselves,  heir classmates and the environment. The curriculum includes gardening, farming, cooking, building, sewing, and other life skills.

Every child in the Montessori classroom works at their own pace. The child is not hurried and is allowed to repeat the task as many times as necessary. The Montessori classroom is arranged according to subject area and stocked with materials of varying difficulty and complexity. Children are free to move around the room and to work with material with no time limit. This approach fosters independence and initiative.

Children learn best through visual or multi-sensory presentations. In a Montessori environment, children have an opportunity to learn through hands-on explorations, research, and experimentation instead of abstract verbal instruction. The materials the child will be working on will be rich in content, physically appealing, and enable each child to express their individual sensory preference and sensory style of learning.

Montessori is known for its mixed-age classrooms. There is a three-year range in children’s ages, and work is introduced to children based on their individual readiness rather than the average chronological age of classmates. 

Personal well-being is key to effective learning. A typical Montessori classroom is a bright and inviting place, with most objects sized appropriately for the specific ages of its students. As a rule, the classrooms have their own small kitchenettes, where children can serve their snacks as well as learn to cook and wash dishes. Some classrooms have their own bathrooms. There are plants, flowers, and often classroom pets cared for by the children themselves.