Maria Montessori was an innovator in the field of education. She developed a unique educational method which is known as the Montessori Method. Many of her ideas are now part of our common knowledge, language and thinking about children.
The Montessori Method is a system of education which gives importance to both the philosophy of child development and rationale for guiding such growth in which the environment plays and important role in the child’s learning.
Montessori classrooms encourage the children to have the natural tendency to learn. The teachers guide and encourage the children to choose their activities while the teachers observe the children. Basically, the teacher acts as the link between the children and the environment. The learning environment cultivates individualization, freedom of choice, concentration, independence, problem solving abilities, social interaction, interdisciplinary breadth and competency in basic skills.
Montessori is unique in such a way that the holistic approach is the primary goal of Montessori. It helps each child to reach their full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for the future leaning. The curriculum allows the children to experience the joy of learning, the time to enjoy the process, and ensures the development of self esteem. The learning environment is supportive of the children. Moreover, teachers and the children form a relationship based on trust and respect that fosters self confidence and willingness to try new things. The Montessori materials also enhance the development of the child’s physical and mental strength.
The benefits of Montessori Method is that parents of young children can feel safe and secure when leaving their children in an environment that provides all of their academic, social and emotional needs. The Montessori environment helps the children to develop the attitude that will ensure their future success in all aspects of their lives.