Montessori schools are synonymous with respect, diversity and inclusion
Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and teacher who spent many years of her life teaching and observing children. From her observations, she developed the Montessori Method. Today Montessori schools are located in over 36 countries worldwide.
The Montessori Method of education provides a nurturing, supportive environment for children of all abilities and learning styles. Children learn in mixed ages classes, with the same teacher for 3 years. This sustained connection creates a stable, predictable environment for children and adults alike. Children feel more comfortable, confident and learn faster in this “longterm relationship”. Importantly, in mixed ages classes, children will build self-esteem through individualized, positive learning experiences.
Montessori education recognizes that each child learns differently
Montessori education recognizes that each child learns differently. Montessori respects each child’s unique learning path. An individual educational plan, tailor-made to match each child’s own progress, learning style, and interests is developed. This personalized method has huge benefits for children, taking off the pressure to meet conventional and somehow rigid learning standards. Targets and goals remain but areas for improvements are better spotted and challenged to be achieved according to each child’s capability.
Montessori teachers are trained observers (AMI teacher training program). Through careful and astute observation, they assess individual strengths and/or needs and expertly adapt instructions individually. As a result, children with learning difficulties can be included with the rest of the class (and thus be socially included). They receive individualized tasks aligned with their identified needs. This allows each child in a Montessori class to be successful.