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Montessori Philosophy

Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori was born in the small town of Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870. At a time when education for girls was not valued, Maria’s mother supported the idea of Maria attending college. Maria later attended medical school and became one of the first medical doctors in Italy.


The birth of her son, Mario, changed her life, as did her experience as a doctor for young children. She dedicated her life to creating an educational philosophy that would nurture the lives of children and provide them with a system of education designed for their developmental needs and interests. She established schools throughout Europe, America and India. Along the way she became an entrepreneur, teaching and manufacturing the beautiful materials that she designed for her classrooms. When she died in Holland in 1952 at the age of 82, she had lived through two World Wars and had witnessed the destruction of the lives of families and children. She was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in education to bring about world peace.


Today, educators recognize both her genius and her dedication to the field of education. Her insights and understanding of children, their needs and their minds, have changed the course of children’s education around the world for the past 100 years.

“The most important stage in one’s life is the first 6 years. In this stage, children’s brain development is much faster than that of normal grown-ups.”

——Dr. Maria Montessori


Education philosophy

Our school respects the Montessori philosophy of “follow the child”. The Montessori approach to education is grounded in the belief that children have a dynamic inner desire to explore and learn about their environment. From birth to 6 years old, this period is the most important stage in one’s whole life. We provide a loving and nurturing environment where children can thrive. Each child advances through the curriculum at their own pace, guided by teachers, and by following an individualized learning plan. These traits are the building blocks of kindness, leadership, respect, and patience.


1. Practical Life

Practical life education is the base of Montessori education. To become independent, children must develop motor coordination and control. Through these tasks and experiences, children learn to concentrate, coordinate their movements, develop fine and gross motor skills, and to be graceful in social encounters.


2.Sensorial
The materials and exercises are designed to develop the child’s sensorial perception. As they are seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, touching, and further exploring the sensorial properties of these materials, children begin to classify and eventually name objects and attributes in their environment, such as colors, shapes, dimensions, textures and sounds. 

3.Mathematics

The Montessori Math Materials and lessons help children to develop an understanding of math concepts through the manipulation of sequential hands-on materials. Montessori mathematic material is designed full of wisdom and thought, from simple to complex, easy to hard, and from concrete to abstract.


 






4.Language

Dr. Montessori observed that young children are in a “sensitive period” for absorbing language, both spoken and written. Introduction of the Montessori “Sandpaper letters” associates each spoken sound with its symbol (letter), while providing tactile, auditory, and visual connections that support the development of writing and, eventually, reading.


5.Art and Culture

Science, geography, history, art and music are all integrated into the early childhood environment and are presented in sensorial ways with specially designed materials and the opportunities for real life experience. Children at different ages could get to know different level of knowledge and explore more by themselves.

Children are great artists! Our art program enable children to cultivate their creativity, art skills and also a great way to express themselves. 


Others

Physical development for young children is crucial and we offer dance and PE classes for children to stimulate their big and small motor. Heathy body comes with healthy mind!

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