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Dr Maria Montessori believed that every child is unique and born with special potentiality. She terms the ages between 0-6 as “formative ages” where the child’s brain is compare to a “fertile land “ready to grow any number of quality seeds in terms of concepts and understanding.
According to the researchers 90%of the brain development happens between the ages of 0-6. Which is the age of children in preschool, so it becomes extremely important that a child in a pre-school has to be exposed to “prepared” and “structured” environment which supports in his/her all round development such as
- Language &
Socio –emotional development.
The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum DAC which draws its ideology from child phycology helps the children in their all-round development.
What Makes Montessori Education Unique?
Montessori is a world renowned philosophy of education. It is an educational approach that encourages and guides the unfolding of a child’s maximum potential. This meaning to allow for the fullest physical, spiritual, and intellectual development by assisting the child to educate themselves at their own pace. A specially prepared environment is created with an ordered array of sequential learning materials to guide the child in self-directed hands-on sensorial activities. The concrete materials require manipulation with the use of the hands to develop the mind. Montessori is designed to take full advantage of the innate desire to explore and discover, which each and every child carries within them.
The Montessori concepts and principles are simple yet very effective. Allowing each individual child to develop and learn naturally at their own pace.
the principle respects each child as being a unique individual in their own way, different from adults and also each other. Understanding the differences amongst one another and accepting each other with love and respect. A profound respect for each child’s personality and preferences is the key to foster their creativity.
The environment of the child itself tends to either foster creativity or restrict it. Based on Montessori principles “The Prepared Environment” was created & devised to be consistent with the needs of a child during their process of learning and development. Given the appropriate environment each child is enabled to develop and learn naturally through spontaneous, effortless, self-directed activities.
the child has what Maria Montessori called, ‘an absorbent mind’. The child’s absorbent mind unconsciously soaks up information from the environment around him, learning about it at a rapid rate. This learning process is unique to the young child and lasts through the first six years of his life. Montessori Method is designed to take advantage of these mental powers during these critical years.
these periods document the critical stages of development. Dr Maria Montessori recognized that it was much easier for a child to learn a particular skill when it was pursued during the corresponding “sensitive periods.” These periods can be best described as intense fascinations for learning a particular skill. (i.e., for language, order, movement & many others)
In order for the learning process to achieve maximum results there needs to be freedom. A freedom of movement and choice. The Montessori child is encouraged to follow what interests him the most. The child is free to work and learn in the classroom at his own pace. Every aspect of the presentation and proper handling of materials encompasses a much broader meaning. It puts into harmony a balance of freedom and structure. Whereas one does not overpower the other. This careful blend allows each child the freedom of choice and movement, a respected right to choose and move freely. This in turn initiates many processes one of which is gaining independence, another is s self -reliance and sufficiency. This emphasis on freedom is the only way to satisfy the children’s’ own need for productivity and fulfilment. Yet in the midst of all this freedom, there underlies structure. The structure that is created when a child knows to put back their learning materials in the proper place and order. When a child knows that their individual work is respected as their own. Where it is very natural for a young child to want to work alone and is uninterrupted. Thus constructing important rules and guidelines that prove to be mutually beneficial and therefore rewarding
“Directress” as Dr Montessori coined the term, guides the child through an ordered arrangement of developmentally appropriate activities. The teacher does not teach per say but instead assists the child to slowly gain mastery of the carefully thought out environment prepared especially for him/her. She demonstrates the correct process in using the materials as they are individually chosen by the children. The presentations are brief and efficient giving just enough information to intrigue them so that they will come back to investigate later. She is a keen observer of the specific interests that pique the curiosity of each child. Observation is crucial to the Montessori Method. She keeps an accurate record of their strengths, accomplishments and work. Thus the role of the teacher is not to lecture with pre-existing knowledge and theory. But instead, to connect each child with the world around them through creative, hands on, sensory integrated materials. To help the child better understand, and grasp the concepts presented to him/her. Encouraging each child as they strive to reach their maximum potential at his/her individual rate.
It is not just important to have a prepared and structured environment with all required educational equipment but it also equally important that the environment should be monitor by a sensible and trained adult who understand and believe in Montessori philosophy.
Montessori Principle & Philosophy to discuss the principle of the Montessori method & its application in the classroom, to understand that the Montessori environment is child cantered & lessons are given on individual basis, to review the effects of the prepared environment on young children & finally the role of the Directress in the Montessori classroom.
The Philosophy gives an understanding of Dr.Montessori’s practical research on the young children such as their Absorbent Mind, Sensitive Period, The Prepared Environment, Natural laws of Development & Normalisation.
Child Development: The Early years, Child Care, Health & Nutrition.
This topic assists the trainees to understand how a child develops physically, cognitively, socially & in terms of language. It also gives an understanding of how a child’s development in one area affects his/her development in another areas.
This topic intends to help the learner understand all the factors of Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum (DAC).The major emphasis of the course is to see how current emerging theories, specifically the Montessori Theory, relate to our understanding of Curriculum Development.
One of the most important area where the learner has a hands on experience on all the activities that are designed to teach children life skills. These exercises provide opportunity for purposeful work which enhances the children’s control over their movements, they learn to care for the environment & self, they learn social grace & courtesy. They also develop concentration, confidence, independence & a positive self-concept.
A very important area of education which highlights & trains refinement of all five senses as related to intelligence. Montessori’s Sensorial activities introduces the child to a structured comprehension of the world in a different way. It is necessary to begin the education of senses in formative period if we wish to perfect this sense development of the education which is to follow.
Another important area of learning which provides the student with structured way of comprehending the module. The language programme in Montessori involves the use of phonetic & is divided into graded phonic schemes which helps the child to learn the aspects of language in a more clear way.
This module teaches mathematics through concrete manipulation which allows the students to have an in depth understanding of mathematical concepts. Concepts of Decimal system & mathematical operations are easily followed through simple & logical steps.
Dr Maria Montessori has very beautifully introduced these subjects in a holistic manner thereby providing the trainees with sensorial exploration of the material which arouses natural curiosity to learn & understand about the world around us.
Besides the Montessori modules enrichment programmes are also offered such as Storytelling, Art & Craft, where the trainees get to learn in detail about how to go about planning & implementing stories related to any theme, the purpose of which is to make a concept more appealing & interesting to the child. They also get a glimpse of why art & craft activities are encouraged in small children & it also enhances the creativity in them.
Puppetry, Music & movements are also done so as to provide the students a basis to have an overall understanding of the topics, it also allows them to implement various forms of props which are an essential tool for storytelling. All these activities encourage the trainees in presentation skills which instils in them self-confidence, team spirit & allows them to an understanding of their own strength & an opportunity to overcome their shortcomings.
Besides all this we also conduct workshop on First Aid which is an essential part of teacher’s learning environment that assists them to deal with certain emergencies.
An understanding of Personality Grooming & Childs Health & Nutrition is also given.
Importance of Pre-School Education
Brain development is highest during the first six years, due to formative period of life. Children are able to explore at a rapid rate and absorb new information.
A child can be benefitted immensely when interacting in our prepared environment which is content rich with appropriate curriculum and supportive Lab.
Prepared environment is vital for the brain development in young pre-schoolers. Hence the child thrives in an environment which is loving with stimulating colours, sounds, textures, classroom layout, vivid activities and books with which their future schooling will be much more structured and demanding.
Social skills such as listening, communication, addressing the mass, acceptance of multi-cultural differences, social grace and courtesy, how to speak in a group, helping each other and empathy are important to learn at this age.
The child needs time away from his parents and home to learn about the world, about people, about accepting others, making new friends. Also children learn to trust and be independent.
When given the opportunity to do things on his/her own or with a group, the child is learning important work attributes that are necessary in his future. Our preschool setup is a strong foundation for a successful schooling, work career making it easier to enjoy a contented life.
Jnanamudra encompasses your child to lay strong foundation with values and ethics for his bright future.
OUR BALANCED CURRICULUM
The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well-adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. It is an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. Children, who experience the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well-adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. It is an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. Children, who experience the joy of learning are happy, confident and fulfilled. In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each child.
Another important skill it teaches is self-reliance and independence. It helps a child to become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes in order and take an active part of their household, neighbourhood and school. Montessori works in a methodical way. Each step in the process leads to the next level of learning. When a child plays, he or she is learning concepts for abstract learning. Repetition of activities is an integral part of this learning process.
For young children, Montessori is a hands on approach for learning. It encourages children to develop their observational skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill co-ordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
Our Pre-Schools: Early childhood education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development, as well as technological advancement in society.
* All children want to learn. With the freedom to investigate the world around them, they will become active learners.
In the Montessori environment, your child has the freedom (within limits) to choose his/her own activities. With this freedom of choice, your child will become an enthusiastic learner and this will aid him/her to develop self-discipline.
* Each child is unique and develops at his/her own rate through developmental stages and different learning styles.
The Montessori environment is child-centred. Your child will progress at his/her own pace. Lessons will be given on individual basis or in small groups. This will enable the teacher to discover more about your child and his/her inner development.
* Children develop best in a caring environment where they are allowed to express themselves and when learning experiences interest them and are part of their world.
* Our Montessori environment is a nourishing place for your child. It is designed to meet your child’s needs for self-construction. The environment is responsive to the continually changing needs of your growing child. Expression is encouraged through art, craft and drama in the centre.
* A positive self-concept is the foundation for learning and success.
Your child’s self-esteem is central to Montessori education. At Modern Montessori Childcare, we believe in providing a rounded learning environment which will help the child to develop physically, cognitively and more importantly, socially and emotionally.
* Your child’s self-esteem is central to Montessori education. At Modern Montessori Childcare, we believe in providing a rounded learning environment which will help the child to develop physically, cognitively and more importantly, socially and emotionally.