The Montessori pedagogy was created by Dr. María Montessori through scientific observations to children of different cultures. Nowadays the method is recognized worldwide since we have Montessori schools all over the planet.
From the Montessori vision, the value of the human spirit and the development of the child are respected from a holistic point of view, ranging from physical development to emotional, social and cognitive. We start from the knowledge of the child, who, driven by his nature, wants to learn and understand the world in which he lives. To support the child in this process we carefully prepare environments that feed their curiosity and favor self-learning.
The Montessori guide is specially trained to observe each child and learn lessons based on that child’s natural curiosity and love for learning.
The guide is responsible for preparing the educational environment within each classroom and introducing lessons in that environment. Over the course of a day, the Main Guide will show a wide range of concrete sensory materials and sequential activities through individual instruction. The child soon learns to associate abstract concepts with practical experiences.
The role of the guide is to accompany the individuality of each child, following the child, respecting the different pace of development, respecting the child’s decisions that contribute to promoting their autonomy and self-esteem.
One of the main roles is to observe and detect moments where there is sensitivity to maximize the potential of the child. The guide is a conscious observer who is in continuous learning and personal development.
The guides (teachers) have completed the training as a Guide or Montessori Assistant by the International Montessori Association (AMI), by the American Montessori Society (AMS) or by the International Montessori Institute (IMI), thus guaranteeing authenticity in the application Montessori Methodology, additional to his bachelor’s degree or degree in teaching, psychology or pedagogy.
In Montessori environments we can have a series of characteristics that are part of this unique method:
The adult prepares an orderly and oriented environment to find the balance between freedoms and limits.
The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop, supported by guidance when guidance is needed. ·
In Montessori environments they are grouped with children of different ages facilitating the cooperation of learning. So that younger children learn from the elderly and older children reinforce their learning by sharing it with the little ones.
Benefits of Montessori education:
The Montessori methodology values each child as a unique individual, respects the learning rhythms and the different ways in which children learn. Thanks to the respect of the individuality of each child we find the following benefits of the method:
• Children develop order, coordination, concentration and independence.
• Montessori children develop in a freedom within the limits.
• Children, thanks to cooperative learning, develop greater empathy, compassion and acceptance of individual differences.
• Children are active participants in their learning, the environments are established in such a way that children can find the answers to their own questions. • Children self-evaluate their jobs. At first, Montessori materials are self-correcting, as children mature begin to correct their work by learning from their mistakes and consolidating their learning.