How does Montessori Work
- Education Through Senses: Whenever a young child picks up an object, he would bang it on the floor, try to taste it or bend it. This is his way of understanding the textures, girth and use of the object in hand. Montessori promotes this natural inquisitiveness and self learning capabilities of a child. When he uses his hands, and senses he can better understand various concepts like physical properties and usage.
- Individual Rhythm : All children have their own individual pace to work and binding them in a time table may not allow them the time to grasp a concept. In Montessori, the children are not bound by time to learn and hence work at it until they have mastered the concept.
- Mixed Age Groups: An integral part of Montessori education is based on learning in a community environment. By exposing children between three and to six years of age to the same environment, older children learn to be more responsible while younger children will have role models to emulate. This will help them learn to work together, co-operate and co-exist like they have to when they go out into the world.
- Custom designed equipment: Montessori uses materials that are exclusively designed for the children working in their environment. These are scientifically designed to not just fit into tiny hands but also help in development of their sensory skills like sand paper letters and engraved numbers where they touch, trace and learn.
- Freedom: Montessori learning gives a child the freedom to choose any activity he wishes to pursue in a day. He can pick and choose the work of the day, repeat an activity any number of times, move around the environment to communicate and interact with other children to observe any activity he may find interesting. The freedom is provided along with guidelines which allow the children to develop discipline and respect towards the environment.