Why choose Montessori education?
There are any number of reasons to choose a Montessori education! Montessori is a child-centred education system that focuses on the ‘quality of learning’.
Montessori education is one of the only approaches to learning that truly understands children learn best and get more fulfilment from the learning process when they are provided with some independence, freedom and time to do things for themselves. The Montessori classroom, teaching approach, attitudes and school procedures are geared towards this central, simple idea.
We believe children are born pioneers! They are captivated by a sense of wonder for the world around them and want to explore it. Each one emerges into the world with an astonishing ability and desire to learn. They are natural inventors and innovators; insatiably curious and creative beings, with a passionate inquisitiveness that needs some freedom to feel, experiment, and discover.
Early learning is an effortless process and when we as teachers and parents allow ourselves to be guided by the child we get to see nature – and indeed the world around us – full of colour, intrigue, mystery and limitless potential.
Children easily become frustrated if they are channeled down pre-designated paths of learning. They prefer to choose their own direction, make their own discoveries and, if anything, carve a trail that others may follow.
Montessori education is founded on these fundamental principles and was one of the first approaches to education that really, genuinely ‘follows the child’. Nowadays just about all schools incorporate elements of Montessori education into their daily practice because Dr Montessori’s work on early education practically brought about a paradigm shift in our understanding of children and child psychology.
Even though other schools try to emulate Montessori in various ways the power of the complete system is practically unrivalled when practiced correctly. Indeed, Montessori is one of the only forms of education around today with a consistent proven ability to support and reinforce the child’s development of the executive function suite of cognitive skills.