Montessori Method

The Child

How many of us have heard, “Your child will definitely start walking before or else by the age of 1.” What has brought about these kinds of statements? What gives us the surety that this is how things would work with a child? Dr. Maria Montessori has researched and observed the child in the same capacity and realized that the child is a “TRUE WORKER” and works on an inbuilt Calendar.

Children work on developing themselves willingly without any rewards. Every child has within him a clock which directs him to accomplish a task at a certain time. Nature has provided the child with a “Timetable” and also the capacity to achieve the same when the time comes. Our duty as a parent/educator is to provide the right kind of assistance in order for the child to achieve the same. The method developed has its roots firmly grounded on this philosophy and every single material has been designed and developed to cater to one or the other need of the child.

 

 
 
 
 

Years 0-6

It has been proven that maximum development of a human being happens between the ages 0-6. We unconsciously and consciously absorb our environment and form a subconscious memory which remains permanently within us. Our personality, attitude and approach to life are a direct result of the experiences had during these formative years. Hence the increased importance for providing the right inputs to the children during these valuable years.

The child grows as he passes through various stages of development. In each stage there are different needs and different types of mind to deal with. Between 0-3 years the child is “unconsciously” observing and absorbing his environment and that information gets fixed in his unconscious mind. From 3-6 years the “observing and absorbing” happens “consciously”. By ensuring that we cater to their developmental needs at the right time, in the right manner with the required amount of assistance, we can ensure positive growth within the child.

 
 
 

Approach to Education

Physical tools expand our physical abilities, mental tools expand our mental abilities, thus enabling us to solve problems and create solutions in our contemporary world. When applied to children, this means that to successfully function in their social setting, children need to learn more than a set of facts and theories.

Until children learn to use their mental tools, their learning is largely controlled by their environment; they are attentive only to things that are brightest or loudest, and they can remember something only if it is repeated many times.

We have all seen an infant with his bright eyes looking eagerly all around. This is the way the child unconsciously takes in his surroundings.

Everything he sees, touches, feels, experiences is education for his mind. At the ages between 0-6 years, the child is adapting to his surroundings, his immediate environment and works to become a part of it. This is probably why an Indian (by birth) brought up from day one, in maybe Canada is more a Canadian than an Indian. The child mimics everything in his environment and tries to make sense of the same and learn from it.

After children master mental tools, they become in charge of their learning and remember in an intentional purposeful way. These tools help the child to transform their physical, social and mental behaviours.

This is why Dr. Maria Montessori emphasizes the importance of a “Prepared Environment”. Here we provide the child with “Developmental” materials needed for his self-construction. These materials were developed in accordance with the child i.e. after years of observing the child in a scientific manner. Catering to his in-built schedule, the materials were prepared to help him learn effectively and more importantly with Interest.

Uniqueness of the method