Montessori Method of education
Montessori philosophy of education & teaching was given by Dr Maria Montessori – which is based on self-learning principles. Montessori learning is a method of education where learning is based on hands-on activities where children choose the activities based on their preferences. In Montessori Education, children are free to make creative choices in their learning and teachers (or directress) offers age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children have the freedom to work without any pressure in an environment, which is prepared under Montessori guidelines.
The toddlers are made to learn to work individually and in groups to explore and experience knowledge in an exciting way. This way of learning is derived after doing scientific observations of children right from the birth to adulthood, observing how the human mind evolves and learns. Classrooms are set up properly following the Montessori principles; providing freedom of movement, choice, and space for interaction and exploration. Teaching aids, Montessori materials and furniture are set up according to the age group and needs of the children. It is believed globally that this method of teaching is the only one, which can address the fundamentals of developing self-confidence and holistic learning.
Philosophy of Our Curriculum
JJ School Montessori has an integrated infrastructure, which provides a stimulating environment for children. We provide an environment, which is safe, educative, and fun for children. Utmost care has been taken while designing the school as safety for your children are our biggest priority. JJ School Montessori also provides an environment where learning takes place in every place of the campus, not just in the classroom. Our colorful classrooms and play area are tastefully chosen to create an appeal to toddlers and it offers an enjoyable experience for them. We have all the modern facilities and infrastructure to offer the best learning.
Main thoughts of Montessori Education
• Each and every child is unique with his / her own capabilities.
• Children must be respected as individuals but handled differently from adults.
• Each child's will is important; we must listen to his / her inner call.
• First six years are the most crucial period of childhood where maximum learning takes place, what they learn during this period will shape their future and abilities for further challenges.
• Activity-based learning is important to develop sharp minds, and have a strong foundation.
There are 8 subjects under the Montessori Curriculum. Each subject has various materials, which are designed specifically following the principles and observations of Dr. Montessori. These materials allow the child to progress most rapidly because of their clarity, simplicity, flexibility, and ability to integrate a child's experience. Each month our material centers on a particular theme, which are tailored by the teaching staff of the school. The lesson plan for every month will be sent to the parents in advance.
Discipline in Montessori is to encourage responsibility, care, awareness, empathy and compassion. The child is engaged in various group activities to enable a better understanding of the environment and to be respectful and helpful. As children work together in pairs, groups and with teachers, they learn about teamwork, patience, and leadership. Children are shaped to make the world better and more beautiful.
In sensorial, children work with materials, which help develop their senses. Each element isolates one quality-color, shape, size, weight, temperature, texture, taste, smell, etc and helps the child identify these qualities. The materials then present difficult challenges for the child, to refine his senses and make discriminations in the environment.
The practical life exercises enable a child to perform his task, take care of himself, his environment, and to be independent. Development of concentration, hand-eye coordination, development of motor skills all takes place, which prepares the child for the future tasks.
The Montessori classrooms are designed to provide freedom of movement to every child. This freedom initiates self-motion and development of perception. The child is free is work on his interests and follows where his will leads him to choose the materials and activities. Walking in a straight line, carrying objects and walking, various activities both indoor and outdoor involving movement of different body parts enable development. The child is encouraged to free movement in the class and to have a voice to boost his self-confidence and self-esteem.
Children are introduced to language from the first day itself the moment they step into the school. The vocabulary of the classroom is rich, including the proper names for solids, landforms, or species that continue to elude many adults. Social grace and courtesy are taught as part of both language and practical life. Children are first introduced the sandpaper letters and their sounds. After they are familiar with the letters, they are introduced to writing, reading, and forming of letters to make words and sentences using the large movable alphabet box and small movable alphabet box. The activities are fun and engaging.
Children are introduced to geography, history, botany, and zoology at the age of 2 years. They work with the globe, maps, various landforms, evolution, countries and continents, the ecosystem, flora and fauna, communities, culture etc. The materials are all in concrete forms and later moves on to abstract forms. Children are encouraged to observe and work on various experiments using their sensorial senses that will cultivate an interest in nature, how things work and develop curiosity.
In mathematics, the materials are extensive and help children have a strong foundation on mathematics. Children learn about order, sequence, number concepts, operations, binomial and trinomial theorem, geometrical shapes and their properties. In Montessori, children work with concrete models that helps them have a clear idea of solving problems, assemble a concrete impression of the problem and its operations and is later able to transition it abstractly.
Music and art play a significant role in the Montessori curriculum. Discrimination of tones, shapes, sizes and colors, are extended from the sensorial materials into exercises with instruments, paints and other craft materials. Control of scissors, brushes, crayons etc. also grows out of practical life exercises. Songs learned help develop the pitch, rhythm, and auditory memory.