About Montessori Education
The world of Montessori is such where children love to learn. Your child’s true nature is the focus of the Montessori Method. Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach to learning based on her observations and research of children’s true nature. This approach focuses on the development of the “whole child” in order to maximize children’s potential and prepare them for life. Referring to the mind of a child between birth and the age of six as the “absorbent mind,” Dr. Montessori believed that these children subconsciously possess a tremendous ability to learn and assimilate from the world around them.
Montessori Classrooms are divided into five major areas. They are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural.
It is often observed that the child loves repetition. There is a song, or an activity, or a storybook which they would like to repeat over and over again. Maria Montessori believed that children pass through phases in which at certain stages throughout their development they have a predisposition or sensitivity to learning a specific skill. These stages are called ‘sensitive periods’! Each period lasts for as long as it is necessary for the child to accomplish a particular stage in his development. These periods of sensitivity are transitory and when the aim of the period is accomplished the special sensitivity simply falls away. In other words, a child’s biological imperative is met.
These sensitive periods can be thought of as moments of readiness for learning. Sensitive periods appear as an intense interest in repeating certain actions over and over again, until, out of repetition, a new skill emerges and is mastered. These sensitive periods manifest themselves by a pattern of behavior. A feature of growth at this stage e.g. a characteristic of such a period is the repeated performance of song actions for no apparent reason. During these periods the child shows vitality and pleasure in performing these actions. If the child has not been allowed to work in accordance with the sensitive periods Montessori said it was like “a dropped stitch in his mental life” because he would lose his special sensitivity and interest in that area and it would affect his whole physic development.