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Montessori Approach

Montessori education is a scholastic method that originated in the early 1900s. It was developed by Maria Montessori who was an Italian physician and educator. Montessori education stresses independence and believes in child’s natural necessity to learn and acquire skills. The method emphasizes cultural and age diversity within the classroom structure.

Five Subjects in the Montessori Approach

Sensorial Development — To help the child acquire clear, conscious information and to be able to then make classifications in his environment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.

Practical Life – To help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functionional member in hios own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.

Cultural — To introduce children to the living world and connect them with others. A deeper sense of appreciation, belonging and understanding of cultural differences is developed. The children focus on subjects such as history, geography, astronomy, art, music, and movement.

Language — To prepare the child to become an articulate person and being able to communicate his or her feelings in well-formed sentences and in writing. They learn how to recognize and differentiate sounds as well as to write. Older children (6-9 years old) study grammar and etymology.

Math — To help the child develop and understand concepts of numeration, place value, fractions, and the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

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