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What is Montessori?

Posted on January 30, 2018 | by admin

Montessori is a method that truly respects the child and promotes the independence of the child. Montessori is not a registered name and amazingly, it is possible to setup a school and call it Montessori school even if one doesn’t have any Montessori trained teachers or any piece of Montessori material. In a true Montessori school, one will find independent children who are encouraged not only to do things for themselves but also to think for themselves. The Montessori approach is based up on the natural laws of human development. As a method of education, the Montessori method stands apart.

To let the child, learn & use things in the most effective way, Dr. Maria Montessori – founder and developer of Montessori method of education, over many years of observation and trial & error, along with her son Mario, went on to design an entire range of Montessori materials. She founded the AMI (Association of Montessori Internationale) in 1929. For more details visit www.montessori-ami.org

The five traditional Montessori areas of education are:

  1. Practical Life Exercises
  2. Sensorial
  3. Montessori
  4. Mathematics
  5. Cultural Subjects

We strongly recommend the use of the materials (download Montessori material reference list) that are manufactured according to the blue-prints formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori Material is manufactured by several companies  like Kidken Montessori, Vardhaman IQ Toys, Khazana Toys (Skillofun), Little Genius, Strawberry stop, Maskeen, Alpaks, etc. You can buy Montessori material on https://www.schoolsupermart.com, an online marketplace for K12 school supplies and materials.

Practical Life Exercises

The Exercises of Practical Life, which are the foundation of a Montessori environment, provide a coherent and wholesome range of activities that will allow a child to develop and control coordination of movement, awareness of his/her environment, good work habits, responsibility, concentration, attention, independence, order and positive self-image which can be attained by spontaneous and purposeful work.

Sensorial Training

The primary focus of sensorial exercises is to further refine his/her senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing.  The materials used in the sensorial exercises will be unlike anything else that a child has encountered in the way of playthings. A child will be able to perceive sizes, shapes, colors, sounds, textures, odors, etc. The sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, Botany, Art and Music.

Montessori Language

A multi-sensory approach that combines phonics, stories and language experiences to bring meaning to the learning of reading and writing. In the system, the child does not learn by heart, but utilizes all his / hear senses to help him / hear read and write with proper understanding. Discovery becomes interesting, fun and creative through activities in the Pink, Blue and Green Montessori Language Series.

Montessori Mathematics

An activity based Program that allows the child to have hands-on experience in learning mathematical concepts. Montessori arithmetic is taught through the manipulation of concrete objects. The child will be taught addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, reading of clock, the decimal system, number bonds, length, weight, calendar, capacity, graph, money and problem solving.

Cultural Subjects

The Montessori cultural subjects cover:

  • Nature Study – includes the study of living and non-living things. Children will have the opportunity to explore & understand their environment.
  • Botany and Zoology – Children are exposed to the study of plants and animals. They will be taught to classify impressions into clear and simple categories.
  • Geography – To launch the child’s exploration of the world’s physical environment, children are introduced to various continents, countries, states, land & water form and the solar system.
  • History – Through creative activities such as modelling, painting and collage, children are taught to understand the distinction between past and present and how past events have led to the present situation.



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