About Montessori

  • Montessori education is a child-centered educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori, based on her extensive research with children. It is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and deep respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

    The Montessori classrooms are mixed age with children ranging from 3 – 18 months in the Infant Centre, 18 months to 2 ½ or 3 years in the Toddler’s Community, and 3 to 6 years in the Children’s House. There is a period of an uninterrupted block of work time, ideally three hours, when children learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction. These specialized Montessori educational materials were developed by Maria Montessori and her collaborators. The Montessori materials represent 5 curriculum areas namely Practical Life, Sensorial education, Mathematics, Language and Cultural Studies. They are carefully sequenced to break down each step for the child — they progress from concrete to abstract, first appealing to the child’s senses. They are attractive and manipulative.