What is Montessori?

Montessori is designed to give a child all the tools she or he needs in life in order to succeed by him or herself. It encourages confidence, independence and curiosity through self-directed games and collaborative play. Montessori children make creative choices in order to complete these games and activities.

They play in groups and individually with games designed for them to discover and explore the world and to develop to their maximum potential.

This makes Montessori activities ideal for children from 0 – 6 years old. Young children learn whilst playing with and manipulating objects in their surroundings. Montessori games make excellent use of this fact. They are designed to be self-correcting so that while a child plays with a game they will unconsciously learn something at the same time.

A Montessori Child

Following the Montessori method is something that can be time consuming and require parents, extended family and carers to think differently about how they treat the child in their care.

Here are some points we think are important to consider when you decide to have a Montessori child.

1) Routine

Routine helps children to learn new skills, feel secure and develop confidence. Our brains require repetition in order to strengthen the connections between neurons in a process known as Long Term Potentiation. At the neuronal level, it is widely accepted that neurons that fire together, wire together. Dr. Montessori saw children as scientists. distress for the child.

Positive Discipline

When we hear the term Positive Discipline, it may sound almost contrary to the Montessori approach. Afterall, discipline normally conjures up ideas of strict parenting, perhaps punishment. However, if we consider a different meaning of the word discipline, as suggested by Cambridge Dictionary; “the ability to control yourself or other people, even in difficult situations”, we begin to get closer to the reason why we feel that Positive Discipline is the ideal toolkit for a any parent, but particularly a Montessori Parent.

Positive Discipline was developed by Jane Nelson as a way to help children and teenagers develop into responsible and respectful adults. In actual

fact, many parents who complete a Positive Discipline course, quickly realise that the person who is actually changing during the course is the parent, and through them, the child.

Maria Montessori’s timeline

The science behind Montessori

Scientific studies into the long-term impact of a Montessori education are very promising. Aside from anecdotal evidence from Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google who credited their successful collaboration to their similar experiences and educational development at Montessori preschools1, scientific research also supports the long-term benefits of a Montessori education.

A study based in Milwaukee, USA, found that children who completed their education in a Montessori school between the ages of 3 – 11, scored significantly higher on standardised tests in maths and science compared to children who received a standard education2.

In fact, studies suggest that even a short spell in a Montessori environment at age four can have long-lasting benefits, particularly for boys3.

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