Maria Montessori

"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that certification... but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity, through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual." - Introduction, From Childhood to Adolescence, Clio 

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children learn naturally. Dr. Montessori was one of the first women to be granted a diploma as a physician in Italy. Emphasising independence, Maria viewed children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive and well-prepared environment. 

Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Her efforts and the work of her followers led to Montessori education being adopted all over the world.

As a public figure, Maria also campaigned for women’s rights. She wrote and spoke frequently about the need for better opportunities for women, and was recognised as a leading feminist voice. Maria was dedicated to peace education and a true advocate for human rights.

 

Montessori Education

The Montessori method is a unique form of early education that, in it's true form, emphasises child-led learning and discovery. It's been successfully integrated into many private and public schools curriculum and is designed around the idea that children learn best in an environment that has been prepared to enable them to do things for themselves. The child-centred learning environment promotes freedom for children to explore and choose work and materials of their choice.

Montessori education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaboration play. Classrooms allow children to make choices in their learning, while the classroom and the educators offer age-appropriate activities. Children work both individually and inn groups with a mix of ages.

 

Montessori at home

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." - Maria Montessori

By bringing Montessori principles into your home (known as 'Montessori at home'), you will promote challenging, self-paced, and joyful learning! The result can be an independent and confident child who leads their own learning development. 

In a nutshell - it's a home that has been prepared with the needs of the child in mind. Allowing for touch and exploration, enabling children to use and master common objects found in everyday life. Stepping back and looking at your home through the eyes of a child, will help you easily integrate Montessori principles into your home.

 Montessori child

Montessori Principles 

  • Respect for the Child
  • The Absorbent Mind
  • Sensitive Periods
  • The Prepared Environment
  • Self-directed education

 

How do our toys align with the Montessori Method

While, Officially, there is no such thing as a “Montessori toy,” some toys are more  aligned with Montessori than others. Toys and activities in a Montessori environment ignite your child’s curiosity through repetition and purpose and providing concrete learning experiences. Control of error and skill isolation are two very important features of a toy aligned with the Montessori method. Our toys  and learning resources also reflect other important aspects of the Montessori philosophy including nurturing curiosity, improving focus, and being sensorial by nature.