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About:

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in Italy. As a doctor, Montessori chose pediatrics, psychiatry and anthropology as her specialties. Inspired by her own experiences and training Dr. Montessori developed her own methodology of education based upon real observations and meticulous study.

Dr Montessori described the Child’s mind from birth till the age six as an “absorbent mind”, she believed that children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life, and in that tender age a child’s mind is highly receptive and capable of learning and absorbing all from the world around them. They are particularly receptive to certain external stimulii.

 

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in Italy. As a doctor, Montessori chose pediatrics, psychiatry and anthropology as her specialties. Inspired by her own experiences and training Dr. Montessori developed her own methodology of education based upon real observations and meticulous study.

Dr Montessori described the Child’s mind from birth till the age six as an “absorbent mind”, she believed that children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life, and in that tender age a child’s mind is highly receptive and capable of learning and absorbing all from the world around them. They are particularly receptive to certain external stimulii.

Method

Environment: The Montessori method was home to the concept of creating the right environment for the children before they come for their class. Thus called the "prepared environment”. The concept aimed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. In the calm, ordered space of the Montessori’s prepared environment, children work on activities of their own choice at their own pace.

They experience a blend of freedom and self-discipline in a place especially designed to meet their developmental needs.

                          “Education is a natural process carried out by the child. It is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

Materials:

In the Montessori classroom, learning materials are arranged on low open shelves where children may choose whatever material they would like to use and may work for as long as the material holds their interest. When they have finished the child returns the material back to the same place from where it was taken. Materials include the Pink Tower, Sound Cylinders, Dressing frames, Puzzle maps, Classification cards, Beads, Hands on tasks(like sweeping, washing a window etc) among others. Different materials isolate different concepts for eg. Pink tower for Size and so on. The materials are self-correcting. When a piece does not fit or is left over, the child easily perceives the error. There is no need for adult "correction." The child is able to solve problems independently, building self-confidence, analytical thinking, and the satisfaction that comes from accomplishment.

                          “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”

Montessori Teachers

A Montessori teacher recognizes and takes advantage of these highly perceptive stages through the introduction of materials and activities that are specially designed to stimulate the intellect. The teacher thoughtfully prepares a classroom environment with materials and activities that meet his students’ unique interests, academic level, and developmental needs, laying the foundation for independent learning.

                          “The Teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through his work.”

Rishi Montessori:

Rishi Montessori follows Maria Montessori s’ methodology in the overall development of the child from the tender age of 2 years and 6 months. We provide for an education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In our Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.

Maria Montessori’s Birthday:

Rishi Montessorian’s celebrate the Birthday of Maria Montessori each year, recollecting in fond remembrance her unconditional contribution to the field of education and the success she is still achieving.

“Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity. ”

- Cesar Chavez