Grosvenor Montessori

Nurturing little learners


Montessori is a teaching methodology based on the natural learning processes of children and was developed more than 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori.  Although best known as an educator, Montessori’s formal training was as a scientist and medical doctor (Italy’s first female doctor).  For her committed efforts on behalf of children, especially in the face of the fascism of World War II, Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1949, 1950, and 1951). Dr. Montessori used the term “the absorbent mind” to describe how a young child learns in a comfortable and stimulating environment. Within such an environment, a child becomes absorbed in work, developing concentration, independence, and self-discipline.

The Montessori Education offers a complex environment that provides a perfect unity for the education of the child, his social development and his character as well. The key elements of the Montessori Method are self-education, individual instruction, didactic materials, a specially prepared environment, and the trained directress (teacher).  The prepared environment permits scope for the special creative periods of the young child’s development.  If these needs are met, you see spontaneous concentration and the love and use of his will being strengthened, by the scope to choose his own level of need within the environment.  It is the concentration and repetition of the exercises which is connected with the child’s inner development.

“Children are travellers through life, who observe the new things

amongst which they journey, and who try to understand

the unknown tongue spoken by those about them.

Teachers and parents are the guides of these travellers

just entering the great world of human thought.”

Dr Maria Montessori

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