The purpose of Montessori Education
Dr Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom, because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr Montessori felt, therefore that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.
In the Montessori classroom, this objective is approached in two ways – firstly by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by the child’s choice rather than by being forced, and second, by helping the child to perfect all natural tools for learning, so that his ability will be at maximum in future learning situations.
Dr Maria Montessori always emphasized that the hand is the chief teaching tool of the child. In order to learn, there must be concentration and the best way a child can concentrate is by fixing his attention on some task he is performing with his hand. The Islamic Montessori School allows the child to reinforce his casual impressions by inviting him to use his hands for learning.
A selection of specially designed Montessori apparatus in the prepared environment assists in the basic learning process in number work, simple addition and subtraction, reading and writing. The school provides many activities to promote the child’s knowledge and understanding of the World and Space. The children are encouraged to explore features of living and natural things. Learning experiences are enhanced by visits and outings to the Natural History Museum, farms and zoo’s.
Dr Maria Montessori left behind a wonderful legacy – a philosophy of life, a unique method of education, materials with which to educate and a system of training, which is capable of providing teachers to give children the best possible foundation for life. In essence, our aim at the Islamic Montessori School is to develop better, more rounded children who can grow into men and women that are able to build a better world.