What is the Montessori Method of Education?
The Montessori Method concentrates on the individual needs of your child. Children are instructed as they pursue their own passions and interests. Ultimately, children learn because they want to learn not because they are told today what to learn.
Here, at Willowbrook Montessori Preschool, we remain faithful to this tradition.
The indirect teaching method is not a method whereby the teaching imposes on the child nor does it abandon him/her in ‘total free play’. This method of education provides a carefully planned and structured environment in which the child can grow and learn in a natural way with the best possible opportunities for reaching his/her maximum potential.
The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
The children do not have their own particular desk. The Montessori work is taught on a one to one basis. The materials are kept on low open shelves where there is intentionally only one of each piece of equipment, so as to teach the children self- discipline and to wait their turn. They are given the opportunity and responsibility of choosing their own work , working with high concentration and with few interruptions. The children learn to co-operate and interact successfully with other classmates and teachers.