The Capable Child
Montessori Education Explained
A Montessori child is capable, independent, curious, able to take initiative and is academically strong. Montessori is an educational approach which is based on the scientific foundation of the natural development of human beings – which is why it is a truly universal education with successful outcomes for all children. It acknowledges that children have an innate desire to learn, and what they require is an environment to enable that learning to take place. Montessori children and adults are highly capable individuals, who have the skills to thrive and adapt in an ever-changing world, and who truly make an impact on the world around them.
What distinguishes Montessori education from other approaches?
- It supports the scientific knowledge that there are four phases of human development: birth to six, 6-12, 12-18 and 18 to 24. It defines its educational approach along these phases of development.
- Montessori classrooms are made up of mixed age groups, enabling children to learn from others as well as learn by helping each other.
- Children have the freedom to work at their own pace, choosing from a range of activities which are developmentally challenging and appropriate.
- Children are encouraged to explore, so that they find things out for themselves, make mistakes and correct them independently.
- Respect is given to each child for its individual personality, as well as respect for others, their community and the environment.
- It is an approach which acknowledges that children are innately interested in the world around them, and with the right guidance, are able to develop themselves.