At Greenfields we use the Montessori principles and materials in our nursery.
The Montessori method is named after Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) who graduated as Italy’s first female medical doctor. She embarked on a career that led her to work with children excluded from the educational system. Through her observations and studies, she went on to develop a method of education which is now used throughout the world with children of all abilities, from birth to eighteen years old.
The method is based on self-directed activities, enabling the children to be independent learners and collaborative members of society. Children within a Montessori classroom are supported by trained teachers and offered a wide range of age-appropriate, carefully designed activities both inside and outside the classroom.
The children will work on their own and in small groups to discover and explore the stimuli from the environment prompting them to reach their own unique potential. Through use of these specially designed activities and materials, the children work at their own pace to learn about all aspects of language, maths, music, science, the wider world, creative pursuits and much more. The children’s natural instincts will drive them on to repeat their chosen work and gain impressive levels of coordination, concentration, physical development, self- esteem and intellectual development.
Dr Montessori believed passionately that world peace could only be achieved through the work we do within our classrooms – to help children become tolerant, self-confident citizens guided by moral values which will help them to grow into strong, curious, socially and intellectually capable adults. The Montessori method transcends cultures, faiths, linguistic traditions and political systems.