Our classroom has been carefully prepared to encourage development of children’s sensitivity for language, order, movement, refining of senses and good manners. All educational materials are readily available to promote their natural enthusiasm to promote children’s natural enthusiasm.
What Is Montessori?
The Montessori approach respects two fundamental needs of a child's development; the need to be free to explore and the need for stimulation from a prepared environment that favors experimentation.
We believe all children possess an innate desire to learn, but in their own way, at their own pace. The fundamental role as an educator is to nurture that desire, while respecting the inherent qualities and personalities of each and every child.
Our classrooms are designed for discovering the pillars of knowledge through carefully selected and laid-out materials, which stimulate the imagination and isolate concepts. The educator acts as a guide and a reassuring presence, without interfering in the child’s self-learning. Such an approach takes the child on the path to self-confidence and autonomy.
Our role is to provide a safe and rich environment for the child. The point is to acquire a skill at the right time, when it can be mastered with confidence and joy.
The Proven Benefits
Children who complete the full 3 years of Montessori Little Bird education, receive very concrete benefits:
A Life Long Love of Learning
Problem Solving Abilities
Increased Manual Dexterity
A Sense of Community
Who was Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) was a pioneer, a revolutionary figure in history and the face of Montessori education. She was an Italian physician and educator, who devoted her life to understanding how children develop socially, intellectually and spiritually. Through her observations in early childhood she discovered universal patterns of development in children.
Maria Montessori was one of the first female doctors of her time, successfully directing a psychiatric clinic of the University of Rome and working in an orthophrenic school. As Rome developed substantially, leading to the creation of ghettos around the city, Montessori began advocating that the lack of support for children was causing delinquency. In an attempt to prevent this misconduct, she was offered the opportunity to offer her guidance to the children of these areas.
In 1907, she opened the first Montessori school in San Lorenzo, a poor district of Rome. With time, she observed that a nurturing environment gave the children the profound desire to learn and flourished when they were left free to direct their own learning. All of the notes she took during this time were later published in her first book “The Montessori Method” which founded the Method.
Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950 and 1951 and continued working, teaching and writing up to the time of her death. Over the past one hundred years children throughout the world have benefited from this educational approach that supports, nurtures, and protects natural development. Maria Montessori’s legacy lives on in the children whose lives are touched by her discoveries about life.
“The Absorbant Mind” by Maria Montessori
“The Discovery of the Child” by Maria Montessori
“The Secret of Childhood” by Maria Montessori
“The Child in the Family” by Maria Montessori
“Education and Peace” by Maria Montessori
“Her Life and Work” by E.M. Standing
Montessori and Neuroscience
The fascinating research on the benefits of a Montessori education on student problem solving skills by Dr. Solange Denervaud, a Swiss Montessori teacher of 3-6 year olds (AMI diploma 2010) with a Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience stems from personal experience while teaching.
Denervaud said she “observed students’ daily evolution. Curious and courteous, the students were hungry to learn and possessed a great ability to cooperate. This aroused my curiosity concerning their brain function.” (1) Focused on children aged 5-12, Denervaud’s research has confirmed that the pedagogical environment in which children aged 3-14 are educated can influence their manner of dealing with their own mistakes, ability to learn from them and the mistakes of others (2). When compared with outcomes of traditionally taught children who participate in repetitive tasks until they are sure of their results, Denervaud’s research shows that Montessori educated children are less afraid to make mistakes, respond more quickly due to lack of fear of being wrong and are more creative in their solutions than students in traditional schooling (2). These differences manifested themselves through the students’ behavior, responses, and by activating different areas in their brains when reflecting on activities (3). These results have been warmly welcomed by Montessori associations, such as ARDEM (4) and schools like Montessori Little Birds, Geneva, since they bring to the forefront what Montessori teachers, parents of Montessori trained children and those children themselves have always known: being able to learn from errors, helps children better adapt, learn and innovate in both educational settings and in life (3).
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