what is montessori?


Montessori education was developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development.

 

The Montessori classroom is a “Children’s House” in which free activity is facilitated within a “prepared environment”. This is a space tailored to allow the child to develop independence in all areas by giving him/her appropriate opportunities to do so.

 


                                                                           

Activities are, for the most part, initially presented by the Directress, after which they may be chosen more or less freely by the children as interest dictates. Classroom materials usually include activities for engaging in practical skills such as pouring and spooning, materials for the development of the senses, maths materials, language materials, music, art and cultural materials, and many more.

 


“Help me to do it by myself” Dr Maria Montessori

 

 

If you would like to read up on the Montessori Method, we have books and magazines available in our lending library. We also hold informative MONTESSORI EDUCATIONAL sessions regularly. It is imperative that all our new parents attend at least one Montessori Information session as they provide an essential insight into the Montessori philosophy and our daily routine at Honeycomb. You are also welcome to observe a class at any stage. Please arrange this in advance with the Principal and Directress concerned.

 

Follow the links to find out more about Montessori education:

 

http://www.samontessori.org.za/

http://www.michaelolaf.net/

http://www.montessori.org/

http://www.montessoriprintshop.com/