The Montessori Approach to Education, founded by Dr. Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th century:
Is a philosophy based on scientific observation of child development;
Is based on the real needs of the child as opposed to the adult concept of what a children should be given;
Is a comprehensive method of guiding child development so that each one can be helped to realize his full potential;
Recognizes that no human being is educated by another, cultivates and encourages each child’s inner urge to learn;
Takes into account the innate mental powers, possessed by each young child, to absorb knowledge and to learn from his environment;
Emphasizes that the child’s first six years are the most important, in that his learning experiences in these early years will colour his whole approach to learning through to adulthood;
And recognizes that each child deserves respect as an individual who has a deep need for purposeful work. Unlike the adult, whose interest is to complete the activity, the child achieves self-development through the effort of perfecting the activity.
A Montessori Classroom
Encourages the child to explore a range of carefully thought out materials in his own time and at his own pace;
He learns by his own choice of work and has the excitement of making his own discoveries;
Supports the child’s activity by means of a framework of simple rules, which gives him the freedom he needs to develop himself without abusing the freedom of other children;
Makes learning a pleasant and rewarding activity – much of the equipment is self-correcting and the child can see for himself when he has succeeded. The activities foster independence and an orderly approach to problem-solving from an early age.
The Montessori Teacher
Does little direct teaching in the formerly understood sense of imparting knowledge – her task is rather to observe each child in order to assess his individual needs and to act as a dynamic link between the child and the educational material.
We believe that all children have the right to:
Feel welcome in school – ‘their home away from home'
Be challenged to learn at their own pace
Be able to discover their own interests and strengths
Learn and receive compassion in a positive integrative environment
To sum it up, I can’t think that there could be a better school environment for a child than at Island Montessori. The school has so many wonderfully positive things to offer the children and the community that I sincerely hope it will be able to continue to be offering those things long into the future.
Island Montessori House School
5575 West Saanich Rd, Victoria BC V9E 2G1
Island Montessori gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.