Why choose Montessori?
The Montessori method of education has been taught for over 100 years and was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a very popular choice of early childhood education all over the world. There are many reasons why the Montessori method of education is beneficial to a child's learning and development. Milly Pearson, the Nursery Manager at Norman Court, gives you just a few:
1. Montessori is not just a passing trend
So often in education, educators jump from one trend to the next. The curriculum is constantly changing with new drives and initiatives being brought in every day. Montessori schools use a philosophy and tools that have been around for over a century. Montessori schools don't alternate between programmes because they don't need to. Montessori education proves to be effective regardless of whether it is in a public or state school, what country it is taught in or the socio economic status of the students. The philosophy that Maria Montessori developed many years ago still works today, it has certainly stood the test of time.
2. Montessori encourages independence
Everything about a Montessori classroom encourages independence. The classroom is set up to allow the child to do for themselves what an adult would often do for them. If you walk into a Montessori classroom you will often see the children washing up or brushing the floor. Montessori equips the child for everyday life, giving them practical skills which gives them purpose and enables them to be a contributing member of their family, classroom, and community. Montessori sees the child not just as a miniature person, but as an able-bodied and capable person. Montessori educates the whole child.
3. Teachers are guides' not lecturers
Teachers in the Montessori classroom are guides that are there to facilitate the learning experience, rather than determine what it will look like. Teachers take the lead from the children in the classroom, ensure the ground rules are followed, and encourage students to perform tasks at their own speed. However, teachers do not determine the pace of the classroom - that is strictly up to individual students, as teachers strive to remain as much in the background as possible.
4. The Montessori Curriculum focuses on hands on learning
The Montessori method is a hands-on approach to learning and encourages the child to self -teach through discovery. The Montessori classroom provides a well- prepared environment where children have the opportunity to engage in spontaneous but meaningful activities. The emphasis is on concrete, rather than abstract learning, as students work on activities that teach language, maths, culture and practical life lessons. Teachers encourage students to concentrate on tasks, and they discourage students from interrupting one another, allowing students to focus on activities until they are mastered. This enables the child to develop concentration, motivation and self confidence in well -structured experiences.
5. It meets children where they are
One of the best benefits of Montessori is that it's completely tailored to the individual child. Every child's learning environment is based on what each child needs, rather than what is required by a standard curriculum meant to cover a wide range of capabilities. The children get what they need, when they need it. Children have choices, there's no one-size-fits all curriculum.
Norman Court Montessori Day Nursery is set in a beautiful 46 acre site in West Tytherley, we would love to show you around and tell you more about our setting. For further details please contact our Nursery Manager, email@example.com or call 01980 322322. We take all childcare vouchers and offer 30 free hours.