“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.” - Maria Montessori
Over the years, the focus of education has shifted from a child’s development to following a set curriculum, performing certain tasks and activities, and scoring well on tests. However, education should be about truly recognising an individual’s development needs and embracing the uniqueness by allowing every child to learn at his own pace.
Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method of education is rooted on the belief that education should be attuned to a child’s development and not confined by a set curriculum. It is an approach that values the human spirit and is focused on physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of a child.
Learning the Montessori Way
A child is intrinsically eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning. With this belief, Montessori allows children to learn at their own pace, and grow by virtue of hands-on experiences.
In Montessori, the environment or the Montessori classroom is carefully organized by the teachers with specific learning material to give space for free movement to the children and make it conducive for learning. Every child has the freedom to choose the learning material of interest, and use their creativity to explore and manipulate it to find answers to their own questions. As the child establishes a deeper understanding of concepts through self-directed experiments, he or she builds confidence and develops a lifelong love for learning. The role of the teacher is to identify and introduce age-appropriate activities and learning material, and provide guided choice of work to the child. The teacher carefully observes each child over the course of time and facilitates the learning by supporting him or her through the journey of exploration, creation and development. This thoughtfully prepared environment with close observation from a trained teacher promotes independence, self-discipline, sense of order, and collaboration among children.
Montessori classrooms are usually multi-aged, allowing the younger children to learn from the older ones. This experience equips them with social competence and prepares them for their flight into the real world where individuals are exposed to people of different age groups from all walks of life.
The Montessori Children
Children coming from a Montessori background are creative problem-solvers who are independent, self-disciplined and confident. Dr. Montessori published a book called “The Montessori Method” in 1912 where she described the Montessori children as:
- being capable of extended periods of concentration;
- enjoying repetition and order;
- revelling in the freedom of movement and choice;
- enjoying purposeful activities (preferred work to play);
- self-motivated, displaying behaviours that did not require punishments or rewards;
- taking delight in silence and harmony of the environment;
- possessing personal dignity and spontaneous self-discipline;
- being capable of learning to read and write.
In congruence with the Montessori philosophy combined with a value-based curriculum, Supaksha aims to build strong characters and nurture free minds, allowing every child the freedom to make choices, be creative, and explore the world at their own pace.