Dr Maria Montessori
Dr Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy. Through her interest in paediatric psychiatry and educational theory she proposed her own philosophy of child development. This forms the basis of the Montessori Method.
What is Montessori Education?
This is a frequently asked question. Montessori is not just an education it is a philosophy, a way of thinking that focuses on the trust and respect for the child. A Montessori education provides an enabling environment that allows children to use all their senses to explore their natural environment. Including the use of special materials designed to foster practical skills and refined senses.
The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method focuses on The Child, The Teacher and the Favourable Environment.
The Montessori approach is underpinned by the essential principle that learning is inseparable from development, so education centres on each child as a unique individual. The children of Wetherby House Montessori will become motivated and responsible for their own learning.
Dr Montessori observed that the prepared environment was an essential ingredient for the success for development of the child. She realised that children relied completely on the environment for sensorial impressions through which they gain sense of the world. At Wetherby House Montessori we pay great attention to the layout and resources available to the child ensuring that everything is easily accessible meeting the dynamic needs of each child.
Dr Montessori’s series of observations established that education was not what the teacher gives but a natural process carried out by each individual child. It is acquired not by listening to words and dictations but by experiences.
The task of the teacher is to maintain order of the environment and to reinforce positive behaviour. They will lead positive examples and provide opportunities for learning.