What is Montessori Education?
Montessori classrooms are bright, spacious multi-age learning communities. Children are free to move about and enjoy independently chosen activities. The environment is naturally visually pleasing and has a well maintained structure and order. It is a nurturing and enriching prepared learning environment based on the needs and the natural development of children.
The inherent flexibility of the Montessori program allows it to be adapted to the needs of children regardless of their level of ability, learning style or social maturity.
The role of the Montessori teacher
The Montessori prepared learning environment
Practical Life activities develop personal care skills, social skills and provide opportunities for exploration of water and fine grains, physical development both fine and gross motor movements, refinement of movement and development of creative imagination. Example of activities: pouring, spooning, squeezing, folding, carrying, opening/closing, twisting, screwing/unscrewing, dressing frames, polishing and washing.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Choosing Montessori education
Montessori school checklist
• Has the teacher appropriate recognised Montessori qualifications?
• Is the Montessori ethos evident in the environment and in the interactions with children and staff?
• Are there Montessori materials available and accessible to the children?
• Do the teachers engage in continuous professional development?