The foundation years of a child are very important and often the toughest for parents. People are left with countless options - nurseries, day care, home-school etc. and even within nurseries, a host of different 'systems' exist. However, the most common one of them is the 'Montessori Method'.
What is Montessori?
The first Montessori school was established by Maria Montessori in Italy in 1907. The Montessori philosophy and method has stood the test of time and has become the world's largest education movement.
Fundamental to the Montessori method is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six is a period where a child has the greatest capacity to develop and learn. This is termed the 'absorbent mind' where the child, like a sponge, can absorb unlimited information.
How does Montessori differ from other curricula?
The key to the Montessori method is the principle of 'following the child'. We recognise each child as an individual with their own unique needs, interests and abilities. Accordingly, observation is the basis from which practitioners plan and assess the child to support and extend their learning and development.
Within the Montessori environment, we name our practitioners 'directresses
' as opposed to 'teachers', based on the premise that we guide the children in their development. Children are offered freedom of movement and choice within our three-hour work cycles of activity. Behaviour management is positive in its approach with utmost respect to the child whilst instilling respect for others.
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Montessori classrooms are often recognised by the use of natural, child-sized furniture and specific learning apparatus which are carefully placed and ordered. This is termed the 'prepared environment'. We recognise a child has 'sensitive periods' for learning which are windows of opportunity for a child to learn at an intense rate and learning comes with ease.
We provide an extensive curriculum to support this covering: Activities of everyday living (care of self, the environment and practical life skills), sensorial development, language and literacy, numeracy & arithmetic, cultural studies, arts & creativity and a love for the outdoors and physical development.
What qualities does Montessori help to instil in children?
The Montessori method harnesses the natural spirituality of the child. It is a wonderful process of self-discovery strengthening a child's character, independence, self-discipline, self-confidence, respect for others, community and environment, social skills and an inner desire to learn as they are learning through themselves.
Does the Montessori method work?
Studies have shown that children attending a Montessori setting have higher levels of cognitive attainment at age of five. They also demonstrate outstanding levels of positive social and behavioural development and have a strong sense of self-esteem.
Montessori children are better prepared for literacy and numeracy and are can transition comfortably into a range of curriculums provided at schools.
Children at Redwood Montessori Nursery have all been accepted into the best schools across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Sounds interesting? Would you like to find out more?
Redwood Montessori Nursery provides guided tours of the facilities upon request. Further information can be accessed from our website www.theredwoodnursery.com
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