What is the Montessori Method?
Montessori education is an internationally recognized, 100-year old method of schooling; pioneered by an Italian scientist, Dr. Maria Montessori. It fosters children's love of learning and encourages independence by providing an “environment” of activities and materials which children use at their own pace.

The children in a Montessori school study in a mixed age group from 2.5 to 6 yrs. They are encouraged to learn through practical experience and self-discovery. Montessori also encourages children to learn from each other in a co-operative rather than competitive way.

How is Montessori different from other play schools?
Montessori schools begin with a deep respect for children as unique individuals. It recognizes that children are born intelligent, they simply learn in different ways & progress at their own pace. Here, learning is not rote drill & memorization. Montessori children learn through hands-on experience, investigation & research.

Traditional Play-way

Montessori

Teacher oriented curriculum Child chooses activity based on his/her inner needs
Teacher sets the pace for the whole class Each child chooses his own work & sets his/her own pace
All children are treated the same

Individuality of each child is respected & nurtured
Movement of the children is restricted Freedom to move around
Specific time allotted for work Child can work as long as he/she wants on a chosen project
Non-scientific material Scientifically designed material geared towards developing specific skills
Concepts are taught & errors are corrected by the teacher Child formulates concepts from self-teaching materials & discovers errors through feedback from material. Child is not afraid to make mistakes.
Emphasis is on completing the syllabus in a fixed period of time All round development of the child at his own pace

  With so much freedom, my child will probably while away his time & not learn anything…
Children are naturally curious & fascinated about making new discoveries. Montessori caters to this by providing an environment that children can explore at their own pace. While the child will never be pushed to work on something he/she doesn’t feel like, the teachers are aware of the developmental milestones that the child of a certain age is expected to reach & will ensure that the child achieves it in their own special way.

What about children with special needs?
Each child has areas in which they excel & some areas that can be considered challenging. Each child is unique. Montessori is designed to allow for differences. In many cases, children with mild physical or learning disabilities may do very well in a Montessori setting. On the other hand, some children may need a special needs school with qualified staff to bring out the best in them. Each situation has to be evaluated individually to ensure that the program can successfully meet a child’s need and learning style.

Is Montessori right for my child?
While Montessori is right for children of all abilities; only you, as a parent, can decide this depending on your own beliefs & convictions. For example,

• Do you believe that children should be treated as   unique individuals with their own strengths &   weaknesses?
• Do you believe that education should be enchanting,   intriguing & delightful rather than competitive?
• Do you believe that children should be encouraged to   be independent, self-confident & self-disciplined?

If so, then Montessori may be right for you.

Will my child be able to adjust to a traditional school after Montessori?
Montessori children by the age of 5 are naturally curious self confident learners who look forward to going to school. While there is a difference in the classroom setting, montessori children do learn to adapt to the new setting fairly quickly. Due to their Montessori background, they can concentrate really well on tasks & accomplish them with ease.