Little Steps Montessori Nursery School is based on the philosophy, teachings and materials developed by Dr Maria Montessori. Montessori believed that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn. She developed an innovative philosophy and method based on this simple idea.
THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF THIS PHILOSOPHY ARE:-
The guiding principle in the classroom is “freedom within limits”. Children will learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
The Montessori teacher is viewed as a guide to the discovery of knowledge. The teacher guides the child’s activity in the environment. She is the vital link between children and the environment, presenting the materials to facilitate discovery. The teacher is constantly aware of each child’s individual needs and goals and actively seeks ways to help them attain their goals.
The Prepared Environment
The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as possible, to provide the growing child with the ability to become independent of the adult.
The Montessori classroom is designed as an environment to facilitate maximum exploration and independence by the child. In the peaceful and ordered classroom, children work on activities of their own choice at their own pace. This gives them a sense of freedom and self-discipline designed to meet their developmental needs.
Most materials are self-correcting, and the children can realize any error without assistance. The children are able to solve problems independently, which builds self-confidence and analytical thinking.
Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially and emotionally. In addition to scoring above average in standardised tests Montessori children also perform well on criteria such as following directions, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility for them selves and their environment, asking questions, adapting to new situations and most importantly a love and enthusiasm for learning.