Dr. Maria Montessori
"Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." - Maria Montessori
"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Chiraville, Italy on 31st August 1870. In 1896 Madame Montessori became the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical Schools and then she joined the staff of the University Psychiatric Clinic. She was also the first Lady Doctor to Graduate in those times. Being required to oversee children who were mentally retarded she became convinced that these children could learn if given the proper tools. She studied the work of Jean Itard and Eduardo Sequin-Pioneers in material based studies for the retarded children and started to design such tools for them.
As director of the State Orthopedic Schools in 1889, she prepared teaching materials, made notes and observed them for two years. She was so surprised at how much these children could learn that she decided to devote her energies to education. She returned to University of Rome to study philosophy, psychology and anthropology.
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In 1907 a group of construction Engineers requested Madame Montessori to help manage the children of the labors so that the parents could go to work in peace and this resulted in “Casa- De- Bambini” i.e. “House Of Children”. She offered these children specially designed materials and was delighted with their response to the sensorial materials, the child-sized furniture and eagerness to learn. In response to the requests she taught reading and writing. She made sandpaper letters for them to trace and when they discovered the relationship of letters, sounds, writing and words to reading; they become even more excited about learning.
She felt by working independently children could reach new levels of autonomy and become self motivated to understand things much better. she also believed acknowledging children as individuals and treating them as such would yield better learning and fulfilled potential in each child. she then continued her research and made changes according to her observations..
It is way "Help me to do it myself"
Child is the centre of focus given the most important role in class. Child discovers himself and his environment.
The Montessori Method :Play Schools in Agaram,Preschools in Agaram
To lead the child, as it were, by the hand, from the education of the muscular system, to that of the nervous system and of the senses... and then from the education of the senses to general notions, from general notions to abstract thought, from abstract thought to novelty. This may be divided into three parts : Motor Sensory Development, Intellectual Development, Language Development.
Motor Sensory Development :
Taste, sight, hearing, colour, shape, muscular, smell, ...
Intellectual Development :
Mental, Emotional, Memory, Motivation, Imagination, ...
Language Development :
Communication, Vocabulary, Expression, ...
Montessori Teaching Method
Montessori Method of teaching was conceived by an Italian female physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. She with her years of research on children had come to the conclusion that they mostly learn from the environment.
Dr. Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences, and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge. The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation.
The Montessori method trains teachers so that they can adopt the method of seeing children as they really are and of creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential – spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.
Keeping the essence of the Montessori method we would like our trainee teachers to be exposed to other approaches and methodologies which will help them address the needs of their particular class better and more effectively. The Sensorial and EPL Montessori equipments are essential for preparing the very young learners for the later years in Schools so we have equipment handling as an important component of the course. At the same time the Teacher Training course makes the teacher aware of the more recent Reggio Emelia approach for early childhood education too.
Montessori Philosophy-Montessori Schools in Ramamurthy Nagar
• The period between 0 – 6 years is the most important stage of child’s growth. As their minds are fresh, they grasp everything they see, hear and feel very easily
• Children learn best when they are in a safe, secure and happy environment
• They learn well through play and activity based games without pressure
• Instead of teaching, the teacher works as a facilitator and guide