The Woman Leading the Method
Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Ancona, Italy to an educated, but not affluent middle class family. She was an Italian woman ahead of her time who is acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn through experiential exploration of the environment. She studied engineering, but later decided to pursue becoming a doctor. In a time period when males dominated many occupations, she persevered, with much controversial hardships, and became the first female doctor and graduate from the University of Rome. Dr. Montessori was a determined individual known as a scientist, physician, educator, and innovator. The Montessori Method of education was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori as a result of her scientific observations of the behaviour and needs of young children. Montessori is a programme which began with less fortunate children is today offered in private schools as a programme is today enjoyed by families who make education a top priority and affluent families.
Dr. Montessori called her first primary class the Casa dei Bambini or “Children’s House” and based the programme on her observations that young children learn best in a nurturing environment, filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.
Among Montessori’s revolutionary theories were the premises that:
- In order for creativity to evolve, the environment in which a child learns must stimulate and not restrict creativity. To foster creativity, the environment must itself be beautiful, harmonious, and based on reality in order for the children to organize their perceptions.
- Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from one another.
- Children create themselves through purposeful activity.
- Freedom of choice within structure sparks interest
- The most important years for learning are from birth to age six.
- Children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment, which includes people as well as materials.
Jean Piaget, Anna Freud, and Erik Erikson studied under Maria Montessori before making their mark as contributors to education and child psychology. There are many elements of modern education, which have been adapted from her theories such as the development of the open classroom, individualized education, hands-on learning, teaching toys, and programmed instruction. The Montessori Method was introduced more than 100 years ago, but only in the last thirty-five years are educators in Europe and North America recognizing the consistency between the Montessori approach and information learned from child development research.
Montessori is now recognized in 110 countries worldwide and there are more than 22,000 Montessori schools in the world today.
Why Montessori? Students Thrive!
"It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.” — Dr. Maria Montessori
- Our focus is to help each child succeed.
- Your child will love coming to school!
- Children are engaged Your child will love to learn.
- Our programme builds confidence and self-esteem.
- The environment is conducive to the needs of each student.
- Our and teaching and learning methods enable each child to understand concepts, follow their passions and interests, and strengthen developing areas.
- A warm, inclusive community which is an exciting and interesting place to learn and grow.
- Your child receives ample support to progress through the curriculum with competence.
Society provides a richness of culture, gender, ages, personalities and talents. Peel Montessori School and its elder division, Carrington College, strive to prepare students for future environments in the real world, which includes a 21st century global vision.
The benefits and outcomes of the Montessori method include:
Children are generally very adaptable, and although every child adjusts in due course, we suggest for parents to be patient – usually approximately 6 – 8 weeks.
September 28, 2006—A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills. The study appears in the September 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science (see article full text; available free through Montessori-Science.org).
Peel Montessori School students continue their studies in other private, public schools as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes with success. 98% our alumni reported honour roll status in the first year of graduation in their new schools. Accomplishments include: valedictorian, major parts is school plays, Pythagorean champions, athletic scholarships, Science Fair provincial winners, and some of our university graduates are in the workforce as teachers, lawyers, accountants, and entrepreneurs.