The MonteSSori Method

Children in St Michael's

‘The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.’ - Maria Montessori

Dr Maria Montessori was the first person to recognise the importance of the early years. She came to realise that children were capable of extraordinary independence and developmental growth if they were allowed to work freely and without constant adult interference. Her intense scientific observation of the child from birth to maturity allowed her to discover a number of unique developmental principles. These, together with a vast range of self-teaching materials, came to be known as the Montessori Method of Education.

Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.

The Montessori Curriculum at St Michael's

For 3 to 5 year olds:

Child counting numbers at St Michael's