The Montessori Method is a child-centred approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a the less known but highly effective Method to help children achieve and surpass their curriculum objectives thus helping them fulfil their true potential.
The method is based on scientific observations of children from childbirth to adulthood. The approach has proven to be highly successful by applying the Montessori Learning Triangle which has been adopted by different cultures throughout the world for over a 115 years.
Name: Sahil Aiyub
Age: 7 years old
At the end of his Year 1 of study, Sahil’s parents noticed that he was not making much progress in school. His confidence seemed to be declining and it started to negatively effect his behavior.
When confronted, his teacher advised that he would need SEN support (Special Educational Needs). Sahil’s parents disagreed and knew Sahil was a bright child but he wasn’t getting the support he needed in class.
Sahil’s parents then enrolled him at Montessori Tutors where after only 5 months of individualised support, he is now ahead of his curriculum objectives and is on track to complete Year 2 Maths and English objectives in the coming weeks! This means he will be ahead of his peers by 9 months!
Moreover, his confidence and behaviour have dramatically improved!
What is the Montessori Learning Triangle?
The Montessori Learning Triangle consists of 3 elements which includes the teacher, child and environment to create a harmonious learning triangle.
- The teacher prepares the classroom to encourage independence, freedom and a sense of order.
- The child makes use of the environment to develop him or herself whilst making interactions with the teacher and peers as required.
How does the Montessori Method work?
Whilst developing the Montessori Method Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. So, as our students grow, we as Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalised by the student.
- In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities such as working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and movement.
- In the primary years, the child continues to expand his cognitive ability by using Montessori learning materials and interdisciplinary curriculum as he or she passes the key stages.