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Importance of Montessori education

The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.

Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.

Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

  • Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
  • There is a belief in sensory learning; children learn more by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and exploring than by just listening. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.
  • Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
  • There is a belief in sensory learning; children learn more by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and exploring than by just listening.
  • The child’s work as a purposeful, ordered activity toward a determined end is highly valued. This applies both to exercises for practical life and language.
  • The main materials in the classroom are “didactic.” These are materials that involve sensory experiences and are self-correcting. Montessori materials are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet sturdy and were developed by Maria Montessori to help children develop organization.

The Montessori materials within the classroom environment are a starting block. The materials give each child the vocabulary needed to start out life with. They are the tools to get him started with the environment as the building block. The Montessori work is taught to the children on a one to one basis at their own pace.

Practical Life

The Practical Life activities are the first activities introduced and allow your child to try to do what adults around him are seen to do every day. The Practical Life area of a classroom is an extension your child’s own home environment. Its aims are to develop his independence, intelligence, concentration, co-ordination, control, motor skills, social skills and self-discipline.

Sensorial

Sensorial exercises are for the development and refreshment of the child’s five senses, thereby sharpening his intellect and control preparing him for more advanced exercises in maths, language and geometry. The exercises give each child the vocabulary they need to start out with, words such as height, width, etc. The child then takes these words and uses them in his environment. The child completes one step at a time, progressively moving from simple to complex. Where possible, each sense is isolated to provide an intense experience. Exercises include, the Colour Boxes, the Touch Tablets and the Sound Boxes.

Language

Language is involved in every aspect of the Montessori environment from Practical Life to Sensorial but it is also introduced through a step-by-step programme starting with the Sandpaper Letters. Each child will be introduced to sounds and words developing their reading and writing skills. Exercises include, the Large Moveable Alphabet, Object and Word Boxes, Sentence Strips.

Culture

Culture is made up of History, Geography, Science, Nature and Fine Arts. The subjects develop each child’s individual skills, increase their vocabulary and reading skills, increase their knowledge, develop their physical skills, satisfy their senses, teach them changes and life cycles in life and nature, and teach them ecology and aspects of different cultures. Culture helps the child understand where he is in the world and the important contribution he has to offer. Exercises include, the Sandpaper Globe, the Jigsaw Map of the Continents, and Sandpaper Landforms.

Maths

Math’s is introduced the child from the first day. It teaches them the study of form, quantity, numbers and relations. It allows him to understand analysis and clear reasoning. It teaches him to sort events into classes and categories and introduces awareness of relationships between classes and categories. Above all, it teaches logic. Exercises include, the Number Rods, Cards and Counters, Naming with Beads.