Montessori Ethos

Montessori is a proven and powerful approach to education which is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn.

While it is suitable for children of any age, at nursery level it puts them on the path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner at the earliest stage possible.

At the heart of its success is an in-depth knowledge of how children learn – through choosing, trying and doing themselves.

Through special materials, a prepared environment and the close guidance of a Montessori teacher, the result is a hugely effective, confidence-building approach to learning.

Why Montessori?

The Montessori ethos is based on the proven fact that children learn through understanding and doing rather than being told.

This manifests into a confidence and joy in learning among children as they develop self-belief, satisfaction in success and improve their abilities as problem solvers.

Montessori materials are carefully designed to help children understand where they might have gone wrong.

And, more importantly, to enable them to work out ways of correcting themselves, without being told how to do so.

“The child’s progress does not depend only on his age, but also on being free to look around him.” – Maria Montessori.

What will my child do?

Everything done at The Montessori People Nursery School has been intrinsically designed to set a child up for success. They are closely observed by teachers who gently encourage children to move to more challenging lessons once simpler ones have been mastered.

We Embrace the Montessori Ethos

Emphasis on cognitive and social development Emphasis on social development
Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”
Environment and method encourage self-discipline Teacher enforces discipline
Mainly individual instruction Group and individual instruction
Mixed age grouping Same age grouping
Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other Most teaching done by teacher
Child chooses own work Activities structured for child
Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project Child generally allotted specific time for work
Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials Child is guided to concepts by teacher
Child sets own learning pace Instruction pace usually set by group
Child spots own errors from feedback on material If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher
Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of success Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.) Less emphasis on self-care instruction
Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); group work is also encouraged Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions

The classroom is organised into the following areas of learning:

  • Practical life
  • Education of the senses
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creativity
  • Outdoor learning environment

How will it benefit my child?

Our aim is to maximise the potential of every child by treating them as active learners that need choice and independence.

Montessori education teaches children how to learn instead of just what to learn.

“It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities.” – Maria Montessori.

The end result is a life-long love of learning, which primes them for successful careers in any direction they pursue.

Children who benefit from the Montessori ethios grow into confident adults, keen to learn and curious about life and with a respectful and considerate nature.

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