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What is Montessori? 

The Montessori method of Education is based on the developmental needs of the child for freedom within limits, and a carefully prepared environment. This guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which intelligence is developed as well as physical and social abilities. The children are treated with respect and allowed to develop at their own pace.

Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was born in Italy and trained as a doctor. She was the first Italian woman doctor of her day and went on to lecture at university and then studied philosophy and psychology. She became an educationalist and devoted her life to working on behalf of the child. Dr Montessori's main objective was to help children everywhere reach their maximum learning potential, while becoming well-balanced individuals able to cope with the pressures of modern day living. Montessori education provides a range of experiences, which will stimulate a child's love of learning and discovery.

When did it start? 

In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school, Case dei Bambini, in a slum in Rome. St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland started on May 10th 1970.
  • Method of teaching children is different to any other
  • Observation of the child is very important, as each child is different.
  • Nurtures the child's desire to learn.
  • Teaches the child to be independent and self-assured.
  • Education of the whole child i.e: Mind, Body and Spirit.
  • Smaller numbers of children in each class.
  • Special needs can be catered for.
  • Offers parents a choice of Pre-School services.
  • Respects all religions and personal beliefs.
  • Individual attention is given to each child.

What makes it different from other types of pre-schools?

In Montessori schools the children follow a set programme of tasks or exercises. They learn everyday skills such as dressing themselves, tying their coats, shoes and accessories, cleaning up after themselves and generally caring for their own working environment. They learn social graces and manners and cover a wide range of subjects including mathematics, reading and writing, history and geography, science, biology, music, Irish, art, drama and literature. Subjects may vary slightly, however; small class numbers, individual attention, practical life skills and a commitment to the development of each child as an individual, do not.

The Montessori Teacher

The Montessori teacher should always treat the children with respect, letting them see by her actions and words that she values and esteems their rights as individuals. She must always be ready to listen and use her powers of observation to pick up the non-verbal signals that a child, who is in need of help, support or encouragement may be giving. In a class where the children feel that the teacher values and respects each and every one of them, they will in turn respect the teacher and value her. They will see her as a trustworthy friend in whom they can confide their concerns and also share their excitements and achievements with. It is on the basis of such a relationship founded on trust and mutual esteem that a happy and productive classroom atmosphere is founded. 
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