Following her graduation as the first woman doctor in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori developed a keen interest in early childhood education and training. As a result of her observation and experimentation, she crafted the Montessori Method believing that every child possesses the self-expression that defines who he or she will become. She developed materials and techniques that enabled her students to work beyond their capabilities. The children were able to use the environment and engage with other children to further his or her learning. It quickly became apparent that there was a valuable rapport developed within the Montessori environment and the students were no longer dependent on the teacher. Ultimately, each child had the freedom to develop at his or her own pace and achieve their full potential through hard work and self-discipline.
In Montessori setup, the teacher carefully observes to prepare an appealing environment that suits the children. In response to a child’s interest in learning, the teacher/directress can provide either individual or small group lessons to observe each child individually. The child, on the other hand has the freedom to choose an enticing activity and practice it as long as they like. Developing concentration, curiosity, independence, and a love for learning at an early age becomes a strong foundation on which every child’s confidence and competence are built. Natural curiosity and self-motivation are the roots that lead a child to develop into an intellectually disciplined and socially confident young adult. Montessori children have an innate ability to observe, think and assess.
With over 90 years of international application, the Montessori Method of Education still continues to thrive worldwide. The United States has established over 4,000 schools since 1957. To ensure quality Montessori care and education, the American Montessori Society offers certification for teachers and school accreditation.
At Blue Gems, our approach to learning uses the Montessori philosophy, which was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, who first studied children from a medical perspective. Her observations revealed that human learning begins long before the age of entering school. Within the first six years, a child’s mind is highly absorbent, and the knowledge they acquire during this time serve as a foundation for the rest of their lives. A mixed age group enables children to learn how to participate in a group and contribute to it. This kind of interaction benefits kids of all ages since older children gain a sense of confidence by realizing their own abilities, while younger ones are stimulated and encouraged by working alongside more advanced peers. The Montessori environment nurtures children to develop a caring attitude toward themselves, the people around them and the environment. Children will be treated with respect and individual attention will be given based on their specific needs. In such an environment, children will flourish socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally at their own pace.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Montessori Method work?
The Montessori classroom provides materials that engage children’s senses and allow them to learn at their own pace. As children interact with peers of different age groups, they learn to respect themselves, others and their environment.
Do all Montessori schools follow the same curriculum?
Any school can claim to be Montessori, but not all setup the right environment and follow traditional Montessori principles. Blue Gems Montessori is a member of American Montessori Internationale (AMI) and all our teachers are Montessori trained and certified.
Is it true that Maria Montessori discouraged play?
As a matter of fact, Maria Montessori believed that play is the child’s “work.” Montessori teachers often refer to activities in the classroom as “work,” and they do so out of respect for the child, who is engaged in self-creation. Playing allows children to take on different roles and develop creativity as they combine old elements in new ways, and they acquire problem-solving skills to overcome challenges. Also, they begin to pay attention to the perspectives and needs of others. Conventional toys will not find a place in our classrooms, as children with elaborate props are less likely to respond imaginatively. We believe a toy train on the shelf is much less fun than making a train out of cylinder blocks.
What kinds of creative outlets will my child have at BGM?
Providing activities that will engage and excite all the five senses goes hand in hand with creativity and playfulness. The children in each classroom have access to an art area where they can draw, color, and paint. Regular activities include music, yoga, water play, and free play.
How do you handle discipline?
We strive to avoid extreme rewards and punishments as much as possible, instead helping the child understand the impact of particular behaviour on others. Our children are encouraged to talk and listen to each other in order to resolve conflicts.
Will a Montessori education make my child smarter?
Maria Montessori said, “It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give each child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.” It is becoming more and more clear that Montessori