The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method of education has endured for over a hundred years and is successful because, it is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn: through choosing, trying and doing themselves.
When you add the specially developed materials in a prepared environment, and the close observation of a trained teacher, this leads to a very successful outcome for the child: The child learns through understanding as apposed to simply being told. From understanding comes confidence and a love of life long learning is promoted very early on.
Montessori provides the foundation for future learning, hardwiring a child’s capacity to engage with new material and information and providing the tools with which to manipulate it.
Children coming from a Montessori background are more confident in their abilities, have a stronger sense of self and are more able to focus on tasks and complete them than other children.
A study by the University of London (UCL) in 2003 established that Montessori educated children have a level of cognitive attainment at age 5 that is higher than the national average. High levels of positive, social and behavioural development were also demonstrated in all areas.