What is Montessori?

What is the origin of Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman to practice medicine in Italy, created the Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) education system in 1907.

While centering her teaching strategies on empirical research of how kids learn, she created a "prepared environment" where kids may freely select from a variety of developmentally appropriate activities, inspired by her observation that kids learn by doing.

Today, over a century after Maria Montessori opened her first "children's house" in Rome, there are Montessori schools all over the world serving children from infancy through adolescence.

Can I do Montessori at home with my child?

The Montessori principles of child development may be used at home. Consider your house from your child's perspective. Children require a sense of belonging, which they acquire through engaging in daily activities. The life theme of the preschooler, school-age kid, adolescent, and young adult is "Help me do things by myself."

Can you think of methods to involve your kid in chores like cooking, cleaning, gardening, and caring for their toys, clothes, and shoes? The best method to increase your child's self-esteem and help them develop the abilities necessary for lifelong learning is to provide them opportunities for independence.
Many parents who homeschool their children and other parents teach their kids according to the Montessori philosophy, which emphasizes following the child's interests and avoiding distractions while they are focused. Many toys and tools to get you and your child started can be found here, at Smartoy Montessori.

With the specialized learning tools taught during teacher training, only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education in a school setting. However, there are many ideas that can be used at home with families whose children attend school full-time or in families where the adults are in charge of the child's education in its entirety.

What distinguishes standard education methods from Montessori?

Montessori places a strong emphasis on learning through all five senses, rather than just listening, seeing, or reading, for children under the age of six. Children in Montessori courses develop at their own, unique speed and according to the activities they select from a wide range of options. They are involved in solo or group activities of their own, using materials that have been presented to them individually by the instructor who is aware of what each kid is ready to undertake. They are not compelled to sit and listen to a teacher talk to them as a group. Discovering new things via learning fosters focus, drive, self-discipline, and a passion of learning.

Children above the age of six are taught how to do independent research, plan field excursions for information gathering, interview experts, and develop group presentations for plays, art exhibits, musical shows, scientific projects, and other activities. With this type of intelligently led freedom, there is no end to what people could develop. Textbooks, adult-led group courses, and a regular timetable are not present. The children's decisions are respected greatly, yet they effortlessly match or even exceed what they would be accomplishing in a more conventional environment. Children like their job and studies, and there is no time wasted. The kids approach one other for advice, and rather than competing, they learn a lot by teaching and motivating one another.

Children are divided into age groups of three years or more in Montessori classes (3-6, 2.5-6, 6-12, and so on), creating communities where older children naturally teach younger ones. The Montessori method of instruction takes a completely different tack.