Maria Montessori’s philosophies were born in the slums of Italy. She provided opportunities for children from poverty stricken areas, creating a stimulating environment which promoted learning. The staff at West Chiltington are firm believers in the value of Montessori education; it provides a wonderfully holistic and child-centred education, which promotes confidence, self-esteem, spirituality and independence.
“Children learn through experimentation, through trial and error and by using past experiences to inform present learning, so, to a degree, self-educating.”
Maria Montessori was a pioneer of exploratory play. Her main philosophy advocated learning by doing. She was a firm believer of the child learning through play, in a non-dictatorial way. Her philosophies supports the whole child holistically; their confidence, spirituality, inner discipline and self esteem.
"The Montessori child should be truthful, courageous, free of fear, confident, attentive, self-disciplined, generous and respectful, with a love for order and the environment, a love of work as a form of self-expression, the love of silence, of working alone, independent and creative with the ability to concentrate and develop intellectually.
Overall, the child should be calm and happy. "
Her Life and Work
E M Standing 1957
For more information on Maria Montessori, please follow the link;http://infed.org/mobi/maria-montessori-and-education/ or http://www.dailymontessori.com/dr-maria-montessori/
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