An Introduction to Montessori
The Montessori teaching approach was developed by Maria Montessori (1870-1952). She was born in Italy and for a woman of her time she had great vision and inspiration becoming Italy’s first woman doctor. She came to the conclusion that one of the best things she could do to help the human race was to provide its children with an education. She believed wholeheartedly in the future of young children, their development as individuals-this being the key word. Her aim was to look at the child as an individual, to nurture and develop the personality and qualities of that young person and instil in that young mind a feeling of self worth and purpose and to equip them with skills that would take them through into adult life as well-balanced compassionate human beings with much to offer future generations. Today these methods and theories are still carried out in all Montessori Schools through out the country with rewarding results.
Here is a link to a good introduction to what happens in a Montessori Early Years classroom and how children develop their love for learning.
If you would like to read more about the Montessori teaching approach we would suggest the following books:-
Montessori in a Nutshell – Clare Walls (www.waterpark.ie)
The Absorbent Mind - Maria Montessori - Chapter-'The Childs Mind in Reconstruction
The Essential Montessori - E Hainstock
A Creative Approach to Education
To help children adapt and flourish in the fast changing world we now live in, the Montessori approach encourages children to be creative by allowing them the freedom to decide what they do and how they do it, subject to a few specific expectations.' The benefits of a creative approach in education are explained by the internationally recognised educationalist, Sir Ken Robinson, in the video found on the following link:-