What is a Montessori Education?

The Montessori approach is not just an education but a whole philosophy. An holistic approach which aims to develop the whole child. Montessori believed that each child has inner needs and it is the duty of the directress (teacher) to provide a stimulating, prepared environment where the child has the freedom to become an independent learner. An environment where children have access to explore materials that develop a sense of discovery and joy for their work and achievements. The child is encouraged to be independent and learn by physically exploring concepts and all the materials and activities we offer at Village Montessori support this key principle.

Montessori Education Origins

Maria Montessori developed her unique education methods at the beginning of the 20th century after observing and working with socially deprived children. She designed her classroom so that everything, chairs, tables and equipment, were accessible for all children. She created specially designed materials and resources for use in aiding the learning of complex concepts in Mathematics and Language as well as providing many ‘real life’ practical lessons to encourage young children to become independent. Her first school was known as ‘Casa de Bambini’ meaning ‘Children’s House’. Montessori’s observations and studies became internationally renowned and she travelled the world educating new teachers in her methods, leading to the global education presence we have today.

How is the Montessori Approach Different from other Educational Methods?

At the core of the Montessori approach is the idea of ‘help me, to help myself.’ Montessori believed in the importance of providing children with knowledge and understanding to do things for themselves as well as helping each other. All Montessori classrooms are vertically grouped with a three-year span of children within. She believed that older children would help the younger children learn in a way that a teacher could not replicate. Children in Montessori schools become self-motivated and responsible for their own learning in an enthusiastic and joyful way.

The Key Benefits of a Montessori Education 

A Montessori education offers an unique enabling environment which truly follows the child through their own discovery and learning, watching for individual sensitive periods in order to help a child develop and progress. The Montessori approach develops a child’s true independence and initiates a love of learning, which is so important for starting school. Montessori follows a child’s interest at that moment in time, encouraging and exploring that interest in great depth until the child feels they have satisfied their inner need.

Montessori Curriculum Areas

The Montessori curriculum is split into five distinctive areas; Activities of Practical Life, Sensorial Activites, Mathematics, Language and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Read more about our curriculum and how we integrate with the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) here.