The Montessori philosophy
RESPECTING THE INDIVIDUAL
“The child is not a vase which we fill, but a spring which we allow to gush freely” ~ Maria Montessori
Every child is unique.
The Montessori philosophy is built around the notion that children all possess an innate desire to learn, but in their own way, at their own pace. The fundamental role of the educator must therefore be to nurture that desire, while respecting the inherent qualities and personalities of each and every child.
The simplest illustration: learning to walk. Some children learn at 9 months, others at 18 months, but they all experience the joy of that first step soon enough. The point is to acquire a skill at the right time, when it can be mastered with confidence and joy.
ENCOURAGING THE EXPLORER
“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: Help me to do it alone” ~ Maria Montessori
The Montessori method favours freedom within a structured environment. The classroom is 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.
FULFILMENT FOR EVERY CHILD
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind” ~ Maria Montessori