THE IMPACT OF MONTESSORI ON YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION
“Is Montessori education adequate for my child?” A commonly raised question by many parents as they pave the path for their young children, to ensure their young ones receive a strong head start in education. Many parents have once doubted the Montessori Approach because it is different from traditional kindergarten however over the past 30 years, The children’s house has firmly adhere to the Montessori Method of education and still strongly believes in this scientificallyproven approach. Aunty Nan, The children’s house’s founder shares on how the Montessori education develops a strong holistic foundation in the early years of a child.
Dr. Maria Montessori designed the educational materials into 5 curriculum areas namely Practical Life Exercises, Sensorial, Number Work, Language and Culture. It was in this setting, which had all furniture, fittings and learning materials scaled down to child size that she saw the true nature of the children. She said “We must give children not only the world but a clear picture of mankind in the world.”
The Montessori education inculcates the learning of good manners, care of self, care of the environment, knowledge and understanding of the world, biology, botany, zoology, geography, history, maths, language and sensory education in her curriculum. These classified teaching materials were concrete and simple to handle. When the child becomes deeply immersed in purposeful activity and as a result, develops power of concentration and acquires the love of learning and acquiring new skills, resulting in character building that goes hand in hand with intellectual development.
Through 30 years of observation and learning of Montessori, Aunty Nan is fortunate to witness constant communication and engagement in the classrooms. “From timid and wild as they were before, the children became sociable and communicative.” Little by little, the children were choosing their work and focusing on the activity, completing the process and finally replacing them back on the shelf. The transformation they underwent was noticeable. Their personalities grew, they showed extraordinary understanding, vivacity and confidence. They thrived on routine, tidiness, communal meals and above all the freedom to move, to choose, freedom to express themselves and freedom to work at their own pace in a non-competitive, loving environment. Rules were respected and harmony prevails. They observed good manners spontaneously. Their social and intellectual capabilities were evident. The children became independent, coordinated, self-disciplined, responsible, happy, sociable and above all, lifelong learners.
These compassionate children with a caring, respectful nature certainly have a positive self-image. These are the qualities that give them a good start in primary school, however Dr. Montessori educational objectives are far reaching than that. Her vision is that one day these children with their positive self-image will become ethical and compassionate adults who will lead the world towards peace and harmony.