Montessori Method of Teaching

What Are Your Children Taught at Teddy Bears Montessori?

Montessori is a hands-on method of teaching based on self-directed activities that allow children to learn through play. Children are given the freedom to make creative choices while acquiring education and learning new concepts. The Montessori method has been tried and tested successfully for over 100 years, and has distinct areas, as detailed below.

Practical Life

It is in this area that the children learn life skills so that they can become as independent as possible for their age. The activities are real home-away-from-home activities. The activities and toys are child-sized, realistic and safe. They are familiar to the child and so there is a connection between home and school.

Mathematics

Number work is an area of interest to most children. In most traditional environments, right brain learning is diminished. In the Montessori environment, we try to keep the learning of numbers exciting and fun through the auditory and tactile senses. The child then forms a solid, basic and concrete understanding and a love for numbers.

The Cultural Area( History, Geography, Science, Zoology & Botany)

The children in a Montessori School learn about the world, its origin, various geographical landforms and biomes, as well as the other inhabitants of our world. The children learn about other cultures and traditions. In this cultural area, as with all the other areas, the learning is experiential, concrete and fun. The work is always arranged from easy to difficult, simple to complex.

Sensorial

The children learn to refine their senses in this area. The senses are the cornerstone of how they experience life, and all their senses are developed and stimulated in this area. They learn their colours, shapes and they learn to manipulate length, breadth and height.

Language

Language sets the stage for the child to grow up and develop good communication skills. The child experiences language through his tactile sense and auditory sense. This makes the learning of language fun and exciting. Learning to read becomes an exciting adventure. We also incorporate morning ring time where we discuss the Theme for the month, sing songs/ nursery rhymes.

Comparison between Montessori and Traditional Schooling

Montessori SchoolsTraditional Schools
The teacher’s part is to guide the child to act and think for himselfThe teacher does all and the child is forced to follow
The child chooses materialsThe teacher sets the curriculum
The child sets own paceThe teacher sets the pace
The child is free to discover on his ownThe teacher guides the children
Emphasis is on concreteEmphasis is placed on abstract
Reality-orientatedMuch roleplay and fantasy
Specific places for materials – develops a sense of orderRandom placement – Not necessary to return to a specific place
Child-centred learning environmentTeacher-centred environment
The child provides own stimuliThe teacher provides stimuli for learning
Self-education through self-correcting materialsUse of reward and punishment in motivation for learning
Recognition of sensitive periods. Eg for learning language, movement, order etc.All children are treated alike
Liberty to move about self and furnitureRigid rules NOT to move furniture and sit in designated places
Liberty to speak (without disturbing others) as he pleasesSilence is, on many occasions, enforced
Disorderly conduct in class is regarded as teacher’s fault, she seeks it out and corrects itChildren are punished even if the fault lies at the teacher’s in capabilities
Multi-sensory materials to develop specific skillsPlay materials for non-specific skills