Educational method section
Education method section
Montessori is an educational method for children which was founded on the research and experience of the Italian physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952), a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. This is the world’s only pre-school educational method that employs teaching aids in every lesson. The Montessori method values and recognizes a child’s uniqueness and allows him to develop his own abilities in his own time and space called his environment.
The distinctiveness of Montessori’s method lies in its focus on the role of independence and autonomy (within acceptable boundaries) in shaping a child’s character. Also, the method very much respects the natural process of children’s physiological and psychological development, while empowerng its students with advanced and modern knowledge of science and technology.
The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and American Montessori Society (AMS) identified distinctive features of the Montessori method as below:
• Mixed-age classrooms, usually from 2.5 or 3 to 6 years old.
• Students choose their activities themselves (provided that these activities have been prescribed by the teachers)
• Children are not interrupted or disturbed during their “work”
• Students learn concepts and obtain knowledge through practical experience with explorative and facilitating learning tools and models rather than through direct instructions from teachers.
• Specialised educational aids that have been thoroughly researched, created and developed by Dr. Montessori and her associates.