“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn”
The Montessori Philosophy
The Montessori method of education was developed by Dr Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. As the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome medical school, she used her scientific background to observe children in the classroom.
She saw that children, if allowed to develop in a setting that appealed to their nature, felt connected to everything and were naturally caring towards each other and the world around them.
She therefore revolutionised the traditional school model to redesign a classroom and materials based on her observations of children as independent, spirited, natural learners. The innovative Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child.
At LLMK, here's how we apply The Montessori philosophy to your children's learning...
LEARNING IS EXPERIENTIAL
Children learn by being hands-on with materials and activities; by moving around the classroom and learning from experience
CLASSES ARE MIXED AGES
Children of different ages and abilities learn together, with peer learning encouraged. At LLMK, students from 2yrs 8months up to the age of 6 share a classroom
THE TEACHER ROLE
The Montessori teacher is seen more as a guide, whose job it is to observe the children and introduce them to the academic materials at just the right time.
WORK IS CHILD-DIRECTED
The children can independently decide which of the 6 areas they want to work on, and whether it’s at a table or on the floor.
LEARNING IS INDIVIDUAL
The teachers observe and track each child’s progress individually, giving one-to-one lessons that meet their specific needs.