Much is said about the Montessori method on how to teach children. There are many schools who profess to follow the system. We provide you here the information about what is Montessori way and what are the different aspects involved in providing it. Montessori represents a very different approach to educating children. Check it out.
Montessori education was founded in 1907. Founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, she was the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She closely observed the children’s learning process and based her educational methods on those processes. She believed that children can teach themselves, and what they need is an enabling environment. So Dr. Montessori designed an environment equipped with a number of resources and activities in the classroom. The children could then choose from the activities designed to aid in the development of the child. Her concept has become immensely popular and we can find many schools founded and run on the principles propounded by her.
Where can I find a good, brief, introduction to Montessori from birth through the school years?
At the Michael Olaf Montessori “text”site, which is actually an E-book of Montessori philosophy and practice: www.michaelolaf.net.
Conventional education vs Montessori method
Montessori way of education stresses on children learning through all five senses, unlike the conventional method which teaches children just through listening, watching, or reading. Another major difference is children in Montessori classes learn at their own pace by choosing from the many activities provided in the classroom. The conventional method of teaching assumes all pupils to be of the same level of proficiency and maturity. This method fails to account for diversity and individuality of pupils by believing that one method fits all. Learning ought to be fun, magical with a sense of discovery.
According to the Montessori method, children are placed in three-year age groups 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on. This is done so that the pupils form groups and the older children pass on their knowledge with the younger ones.
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