Benefits of a Montessori Pre-school
1. Learning is child centred
The Montessori learning environment is tailored to the individual needs and interests of each child allowing them to explore and learn at their own pace and on their own terms. The environment is specifically prepared to allow the child to choose from a range of developmentally appropriate activities and the teacher is there to guide and facilitate the learning experience.
2. Develops the whole child
The Montessori approach develops all aspects of a child – social, emotional, language, communication and physical skills are all nurtured along with numeracy, literacy and practical life skills.
3. Builds independence
The Montessori approach supports a child to become independent both in their skills and their ability to think for themselves. The learning environment is set up to allow a child to choose their own activities and they are free to play with them uninterrupted, for as long as they wish. The wide range of practical life activities builds the child’s ability to do things for themselves, encouraging independence, confidence and self-esteem.
4. Develops concentration
A Montessori environment is calm – there is a hum of focused activity and enjoyment. Children are encouraged not to interrupt each other while they are engaged in an activity – this gives the child the space to really learn and naturally builds concentration and self-control.
5. Inspires creativity
In a Montessori Pre-school children are free to choose their own activities and play with them on their own terms. This naturally encourages creativity as children engage with activities simply for the joy and satisfaction of the task, rather than for an end result.
6. Social development
In a Montessori Pre-school children are encouraged to collaborate, help each other and to play cooperatively. Children are given the freedom to choose their own activities and play within the parameters of the classroom ‘ground rules’ which are gently enforced by the teacher and by the children themselves. Children naturally learn social skills, discipline and respect for each other, which contributes to a sense of community and social cohesiveness.
7. Inspires a love of learning
The Montessori approach allows children to direct their own learning, enabling them to follow their interests and learn in an enjoyable way. This develops a natural enthusiasm for learning, along with intrinsic motivation, self-discipline, independence and positive self-esteem.
8. Develops critical thinking
The Montessori approach facilitates children to think critically and to recognise, correct and learn from their mistakes. Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting and by providing children with the freedom to question, probe deeply and make connections, they become confident, self-motivated learners with an intrinsic love of learning.