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.