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Montessori Approach

 


The Montessori method of education celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007.  It is a method of education that transcends time and culture.  The philosophy was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori who dedicated her life's work to observing and documenting the natural tendencies of children from birth to adulthood and from all walks of life. Through her countless observations she developed hands on materials for children to use to aid and encourage their natural tendancies for learning.  Each piece of material and each exercise Montessori developed was based on what she observed children do naturally, by themselves, unassisted by adults. The Montessori Method provides a framework for engaging young children in purposeful, meaningful and inspiring work.   From this the child develops a love of learning, a desire to create and the self confidence to try. 
Montessori believed that years from birth to 6 were the most vital in setting the stage for future learning.  Many people place great value on a university education and ignore the significant impact that early childhood learning experience may have on that outcome.  Parents are encouraged to set aside money for future higher education, however the preschool and early elementary experiences are often ignored.  It is our goal to have each child experience a positive, engaging early learning experience, and in doing so create life long learners. We believe a solid foundation and positive learning experience is vital at the preschool level; by giving your child the gift of an enriched early learning experience at Echo Montessori this will set the stage for a life-long love of learning.

 

The efficacy of Montessori teaching methods has most recently been demonstrated by the results of a study published in the US journal, Science (September 29, 2006) which indicates that children in Montessori schools have improved behavioural and academic skills compared with a control group from the mainstream system.  The authors concluded that, "when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools." 


Tim Seldon speaks on what Montessori really provides