The Montessori Approach

At St George Montessori, we use the Montessori method of teaching. Montessori education is unique, based on the discoveries and insights of Dr. Maria Montessori who devoted her life to observing natural child development, and designed and implemented an educational method devoted to the individual needs of the child.

Dr Maria Montessori

At St George Montessori Early Learning Centre we use the Montessori method of teaching. Montessori education is unique, based on the discoveries and insights of Dr. Maria Montessori who devoted her life to observing natural child development, and designed and implemented an educational method devoted to the individual needs of the child. The Montessori method is a world-wide educational approach proven extremely successful.

The Montessori approach promotes the development of such learning factors as concentration, independence, self-direction, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem, persistence and orderly work habits. At St George Montessori, the ‘prepared’ classroom environment is designed to foster the development of these capabilities as part of the child’s growing intellectual and social competence.

The Montessori method of teaching is child-centred but adult guided. Rather than “teaching” a child concepts the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate their learning capacity. Montessori education is more concerned with the process of learning than with the product and offers an educational environment where children’s natural desires to learn are encouraged and extended.

The materials and resources at our centres are designed to attract the children to pursue the need to educate themselves through stimulating activities. Dr Maria Montessori maintained that ‘progressive interest’ should characterise the young child’s world. The materials and activities permit the child to follow a sequence of difficulty, that provides a continuing challenge, which is especially suited to the child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs at each stage of development.

Montessori Materials:

To compliment the Montessori approach, the Montessori method of teaching uses exclusively designed resources that are exclusive to the Montessori theory of learning.

The materials and resources at our centres are designed to attract the children to pursue the need to educate themselves through stimulating activities. Montessori maintained that ‘progressive interest’ should characterise the young child’s world. The materials and activities permit the child to follow a sequence of difficulty, thus providing continuing challenge, which are especially suited to the child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs at each stage of development.