Benefits of Montessori Education
The benefits of the Montessori system includes the following, but is certainly not limited to this list.
The social, emotional, economic, academic and individual benefits are indeed limitless.
Children who experience a Montessori education from birth, are usually able to start reading by the age of four years old. This critical skill boosts the child's ability to learn independently, providing a solid foundation for their healthy development and academic career.
Montessori children learn to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and practise age-appropriate self-control. This is achieved through keeping their learning environment orderly and tidy without adult intervention..
Practical Life Skills
Practical life skills and activities demonstrate a hands-on learning approach, which extends the understanding of concepts and facts to concrete real world experiences.
Love, Kindness and Respect
Respect is an integral part of the Montessori philosophy, we practise and show respect for ourselves for others and for the world around us when we practise grace and courtesy. By nature this comes hand in hand with Love and Kindness. The Montessori child then grows up to become a good community member, showing everyone love, kindness and respect.
A well-prepared Montessori learning area empowers the child with influence over their environment. This, combined with the self-correcting quality of the Montessori materials, as well as the parent's thoughtful direction boosts the child's confidence to explore, problem-solve and complete tasks independently.
Reaching your full potential
The Montessori approach focuses on every aspect of a child's development, whilst respecting the uniqueness of every child. Each child's learning journey is guided by their own passion and readiness, thus ensuring that they reach their fullest potential when they are ready.
The Montessori philosophy encourages free exploration, the joy of discovery, and artistic expression which reinforces and develops children’s creative spirit.
Montessori said that “the child who has never learned to work by himself, to set goals for his own acts, or to be the master of his own force of will is recognizable in the adult who lets others guide his will and feels a constant need for approval of others.” —Education and Peace
Some of the world's most innovative and independent thinkers have passed through or influenced the Montessori education system.
Our Vision is to one day see one of our South African children
on this very list
Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget made his first observations of children in a Montessori school and served as head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
One of the great innovators of our time, South African Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX)
has set up a Montessori school onsite for the employees of SpaceX
CEO of Amazon and Montessori Supporter
Academy Award winning Actress
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Founders of Google
NBA Most Valuable Player- Stephen Curry: "Montessori helped me become the person I am today."
Grammy Award Winning Violinist
His Royal Highness Prince George
British Royal Family
Grammy Award Winner
Origins of Montessori Education
ROME - ITALY
An international education system that is over 100 years, originating from Italy and now well established in over twenty schools worldwide.
With a variety of different homeschool curricula available on the market today, parents may find selecting the right one for their child daunting. We recommend doing your research, and initially focusing less on the curriculum and more on finding an educational philosophy that resonates with you and your family. Our offering is based on the Montessori method of early childhood development, which was developed more than a century ago by an Italian physician, scientist and educator - Dr. Maria Montessori.
Through her early scientific research on children with disabilities, Dr. Montessori observed that children build themselves from what they find in their environment. This statement in itself is profound, in that the child becomes responsible for building themselves, whilst the parent or teacher is responsible for enabling them through providing the correct environment and materials.
The Montessori philosophy is therefore a child-centric approach to education, harnessing the child's natural ability to learn through each developmental stage.
We have chosen this philosophy not only because this is our area of expertise as educators, but because we truly believe that Montessori's approach is the best investment you can afford your child in the first 6 years of their life and the evidence proves too that Montessori Early Childhood education system, when done well and followed in accordance to her philosophy leads to greater successes throughout all formal academic training and life in general.
The 10 Guiding Principles
Theses are ten fundamental rules for teachers and caregivers within the school environment as outlined by
Dr. Maria Montessori in this her famous Decalogue.
Dr. Maria Montessori was both passionate and strict regarding her scientific findings because she wanted to ensure the best results for every child. We offer these guidelines to you, not as rules, but as a roadmap to navigate the misty winding road of your child’s development. As parents, everyday offers a new challenge that no book or video or advice could have prepared you for – it is the wildest, most unpredictable ride of your life. To make it a little easier for you, we have taken this century old list and re-interpreted it into a 21st century roadmap to equip and empower you as and when all unpredictable moments pop up.
Never touch the child unless invited by them (in some form or other).
This develops and sets up children's internal boundaries. As part of protecting your child's safety, and respecting personal space, as we do in adulthood, teaching children this from a young age establishing healthy self respect.
Never speak ill of the child in their presence or absence.
A child not only hears but feels negativity. Being very perceptive, your ill feelings and critical words can badly effect their immediate mood and long term self esteem.
Concentrate on strengthening and helping the development of what is good in the child so that its presence may leave less and less for evil.
Focus on the positive and through redirection, not punishment, the negative behaviour, words or actions can be easily modified.
Be active in preparing the environment; take meticulous and constant care of it. Help the child establish constructive relations with it. Show the proper place where the means of development are kept and demonstrate their proper use
Outer order leads to inner order; decreasing everyone's stress levels, improving focus, helping with logical thinking and superior executive functioning skills (organising, planning, time management, perseverance etc.)
Be ever ready to answer the call of the child who stands in need of you and ever listen and respond to the child who appeals to you.
Help your child only when they need help, rather than when you think they need help. Answer their many questions with age appropriate, simple, straight forward and honest answers. Give your child undivided, focused attention when they need you to hear what they have to say.
Respect the child who makes a mistake and can then or later correct it themselves but stop firmly and immediately any misuse of the environment and any action which endangers the child, their development, or others
Let your children make mistakes and more so, empower them by giving the freedom to rectify their mistakes, however, when a mistake looks more like intentional disrespectful behaviour, step in and parent your child with a well thought out discipline method, such 'time out'. A reminder that smacking a child only leads to worse behaviour, it is a short time solution that leads to long time problems.
Respect the child who takes a rest or watches others working or ponders over what they themselves has done or will do. Neither call them nor force them to other forms of activity
A child does not need to be constantly entertained, active and busy. Children also require freedom to be still, quiet and reflective.
Help those who are in search of activity and cannot find it.
Teach your children to come up with their own ideas and activities, providing them with solutions at all times, takes away their problem solving skills. Balance this with times that your show them new "work" from which they can choose at a later stage.
Be untiring in repeating presentations to the child who refused them earlier, in helping the child acquire what is not yet their own and overcome imperfections. Do this by animating the environment, with care, with purposive restraint and silence, with mild words and loving presence. Make your ready presence felt to the child who searches and hide from the child who has found.
Concentration and focus comes with continuous repetition. This will then captivate your child, leading to further concentration. on the other hand if your child is concentrating, by all means, do not interrupt or break your child's focus, major work is going on internally, step back and watch.
Always treat the child with the best of good manners and offer him the best you have in yourself and at your disposal.
You model everything that you wish your child to become. Social etiquette, manners and behaviour is all learned in the home. Be respectful to your child and they will learn to return the respect and show respect to others.