Deerpark Montessori School.
St. Mary's Parish Hall, Howth,
Co. Dublin.
Phone: 086 8597166
Email: deerparkmontessori@gmail.com

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Montessori

Sunday 20th, January

 

The Montessori Method of education was founded by Maria Montessori in the early part of the 20th century. Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870 and died in 1952. She trained to be a physician and was the first female doctor of her day.

 

She later became an educationalist and devoted her life to working on behalf of the child. Her main objective was to help children everywhere to reach their maximum learning potential, while becoming well balanced individuals. She opened her first school in Rome in 1907. Today, schools using the Montessori Method of education exist all over the world.

 

Six Areas of learning in the Montessori Method

 

1. Practical life:
This area is designed to develop care of the person, each other and the environment.
Among the exercises in this area, the children learn pouring, polishing, brushing, and washing, tying their laces and doing up buttons. These exercises help the child to develop eye-hand coordination, improve their dexterity, as well as increase their concentration and independence and give a real sense of order and refinement to further skills later on.

 

2. Sensorial:

"While the hands are busy the mind is maturing". In this area the Childs intelligence is being developed through the use of their senses. Knowledge of dimensions, eye-hand coordination, muscular skill and dexterity are all perfected through the use of materials such as the "pink tower", the "brown stair" and others.

 

3. Language:

Language is encouraged through conversation and discussion with other children and the teachers as the children carry out their daily activities both individually and in group settings. They have access to the library, stories and many activities in the language curriculum also encouraging the development of reading and writing.

 

4. Maths Material:

Children learn and understand the concept of maths using the Montessori maths materials. They acquire a basic understanding of number and mathematical principles

 

5. Culture:

Includes the study of geography, science and history all with the use of hands on materials.

Among the excercises in culture, children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration . They develop a respect for nature and a greater understanding of the environment through the lessons and experiences in the area of culture.

 

6. Art and Craft:

 These areas include both group and individual work. Children are given the opportunity to enjoy being creative. This is encouraged both individually and in groups and a wide variety of materials are available to the children.