Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. At a time when education for girls was considered to be unnecessary, she chose to study engineering and mathematics and, even more remarkably, she went on to become the first female Doctor of Medicine in her Country’s history.
It was through her work as a doctor, treating children with special needs, that Montessori became interested in education. She developed special learning materials, which helped the children to follow a normal academic programme and enter the state school system. The results with her special children were so impressive that Dr Montessori was inspired to continue her work on a much broader basis. She opened her first school in San Lorenzo in 1907 and was so encouraged by the results that she began to share her discoveries with others – writing books and giving lectures, which influenced mainstream education all over the world and continues to do so.
Montessori education provides a wide range of experiences, which stimulate a child’s love of learning and discovery. The object is not to cram the child with knowledge – or cause confusion by giving too much choice but to build a firm foundation for future development.
The Montessori children work at their own pace and consolidate their knowledge and skills at each stage before moving on. Their success leads to more success – confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
The Montessori teacher is gentle, sympathetic and encouraging. She ensures that every child is treated with respect, given freedom within the confines of a carefully structured environment and allowed to develop naturally at his or her own pace.
The Montessori environment is warm, happy and full of love. We hope that this is what we have created for your child at Tree Tops.
Please call Linda on 01926 888050 to arrange a visit if you would like more information on Montessori teaching or if you would like to complete your teaching practice with us.
The following books by Dr Montessori may be of interest to you;
To see how Montessori fulfills the Early Years Foundation Framework please use the link below;Early Years Foundation Framework