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© 2017 by Macedon Ranges Montessori Pre-School.

What is Montessori?

Philosophy

The Montessori approach is concerned foremost with the development of your child’s potential and this approach is based on following the interests of your child. ‘Following’ the child involves indentifying the developmental needs and characteristics of the children. We create the corresponding environments that best meet these needs. Our environment is prepared to support and foster the whole child including the child’s emergent independence, need for personal movement, as well as his social and emotional development.

Montessori history and system of education

Dr. Maria Montessori founded the Montessori method of teaching in 1907. She was a medical doctor and had a very scientific approach to her observations. She found when children are placed in environments where activities meet their developmental needs; they have the power and order to educate themselves. Using this scientific approach, she developed materials used in classrooms.

There is order found within the Montessori environment so that your child knows where to find things. It is organized so that child may take increasing responsibility for the care of this environment. Your child begins to take ownership of this space and to see it as theirs; we like to think the children as not merely visitors to the space but that they are the owners and custodians.

Dr Maria Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1949-1951)

Watch a short video of a montessori classroom in action