The Montessori Approach to Education
Montessori represents an entirely different approach than that of traditional education. Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love for learning.
One of the basic values at the Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa is to emphasize cooperative, rather than competitive, behaviour. We try to encourage the children’s academic and social growth in non-competitive ways as well. Rather than expect the children to measure up to some artificial grade level, we hope to help them develop their skills and abilities on a continuum, a steady pattern of growth. We do not want to compare them to what others in their grade or age group “should” be doing. We do want them to achieve at their own best level.
Montessori education has no religious affiliation. It is not a therapy, nor is it an approach useful only with certain categories of special children. The Montessori Method is effective in pre-school, elementary school and high school. In addition, Montessori techniques can be used successfully with gifted children and children with learning disabilities and other special needs.