What is Montessori ?
Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the twentieth century, the innovator of classroom practice and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over. Dr. Montessori’s legacy is a method of education which combines a philosophy of freedom and self development for children, with a practical approach to learning.
The essence of Montessori education is that every child is treated with respect and given the freedom, within a carefully prepared and structured environment, to develop naturally at their own pace. All children are intrinsically motivated to learn, absorbing knowledge without effort when provided with the right kind of activities at the right time during their development.
Montessori schools are carefully planned to provide a safe and structured environment in which children are free to explore and learn. All Montessori classrooms should include provisions for the child’s developement in the following six areas:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial Materials
- Gross Motor Skills
For more details of how these are implemented at the Rainbow Montessori Nursery please visit this page.
The Montessori teacher aims to gently and sympathetically encourage your child to realise his or her maximum learning potential by guidance through the Montessori materials. Also to create positive attitudes, helping to develop strong individuals, and provide the stimulus and inspiration for your child to learn and progress at his or her pace within a harmonious classroom environment. Our goal is to provide a foundation to help your child towards a smooth and confident transition to full time primary school education.
Links to Montessori organisations and resources to enable you to learn more can be found on this page.