According to Dr. Maria Montessori, “the period of infancy, is undoubtedly the richest. It should be utilized by education in every possible and conceivable way. The waste of this period of life can never be compensated. Instead of ignoring the early years, it is our duty to cultivate them with utmost care.” Dr. Maria Montessori was the founder of the Montessori Education. She was one of the most influential pioneers in early child hood education. She devised a method of education which combines a philosophy with practical approach based on the central idea of freedom for the child, within a carefully planned and structured environment. The Montessori Method is scientific education where knowledge of childhood is its foundation. It is built on the discovered laws of the development of the body and mind of the child.
One of the special features of the Montessori Environment is the mixed age grouping, where children learn to live and work together representing cohesive community. The older members in the groups help the younger ones when needed and this helps them to recollect and reinforce what they have already learned. It helps to cultivate individual responsibilities and responsibility to the community at large.
Vertical grouping is followed in two sections:
Pre-Primary(Mont 1,2,3): Kids from 3 to 6 years are together.
Primary (Grade I & II) : Kids from 6 to 8 years are together
Maria Montessori had made a curriculum, which is mainly based on the inner requirements of the child which helps him to develop socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically at his own pace. The Montessori pre-primary curriculum consists of five areas of exercises- Practical Life, Sensorial Life, Language, Mathematics, Arts and Cultural.
This forms the basis for all the other activities in the class room. These activities are designed in such a way that helps the child to grow in motor skills, cognitive development, self confidence and development of personality. It prepares the child for life, rather than school.
Arithmetic and Geometry are taught with the help of a wide variety of colourful materials which helps children to understand the abstract world of numbers, through concrete objects. The cultural area covers Botany, Zoology, Geography and History all experienced through Indoor Montessori Materials and Outdoor activities and trips.
Languages such as English, Malayalam, Hindi (Primary) are taught combines phonics, stories and language becomes interesting through the pink, blue & green languages series.
An attractive array of colourful and informative books makes reading interesting and helps to improve the reading the reading habits in children.
The sensorial materials are designed to offer young Children concrete experiences in comparing and classifying their environment. These materials isolate particular qualities such as shape, colour, texture, flavor, weight and offer the children keys for exploring the environment as they engage their attention with hands – on work.