Montessori School

Group of children from 3 to 6 years of age

1. The Montessori approach

Dr. Maria Montessori started her work on early childhood in Rome in 1907 and extended her scientific observations of the natural development of the child throughout the world.

Her philosophy

–  is based on the real needs of the child, according to his stage of development

–  gives the child the possibility to learn through his own action upon a prepared environment

–  takes into account the innate mental powers, possessed by each young child, to absorb from his environment

–  emphasises that the child’s first six years of life are the most important, in that his experience during these early years will colour his whole approach to learning

–  encourages the child to become a responsible member of his community through respect of each individual’s capacities and potential

The Montessori teacher

–  discretely observes the child’s activities and social interactions; evaluates these and guides him to advance in his abilities by providing a dynamic link between the child and the environment

–  maintains a close relationship with the child’s family.

A Montessori classroom

–  provides a secure, loving environment in which the child can explore and learn actively without competition nor time limits

–  the child is free to choose an activity, respecting the freedom of choice of others and the simple guidelines of a community of children

–  the materials and furniture are child-sized, attractive and self-correcting, strengthening the child’s self-confidence

–  the materials represent keys to the wider culture of the child, giving concrete experience of the natural environment, languages, mathematics, sciences, arts, world cultures

–  the materials are also designed to build the child’s independence, giving her practical skills in the care of herself,  her physical surrounds and social skills.

–  the Montessori approach respects the ecology of the local environment: the materials and furnishings are made from wood or other natural products; the children learn the skills necessary to provide for sustainable development.

2. Practical information

Timetable

8.00 to 15.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

8.00 to 12.00 Wednesday

End of day 15.00 to 18.00 everyday except Wednesday

Lunch

Children can stay for lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.