Nurturing curiosity, creativity, imagination, and independence
Montessori education is the result of the life and work of Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian doctor who devoted her life to children and their education. Dr Montessori believed in the innate goodness of children and in their natural urge to explore the world and to learn. Her view of education went beyond academic learning. It was an holistic approach which took into account all aspects of the child’s developmental needs – physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Each stage in the child’s education, she believed, should be aimed at addressing these needs. Her’s was a child-centred approach to education.
The Montessori approach to education focuses on the whole personality of the child; the faculties of intellect, deliberation, initiative and independent thinking. Montessori education emphasises the uniqueness of the individual child and acknowledges that children grow and develop at different rates.
As a member of the school community, the Montessori child experiences and learns these fundamental qualities which form the basis of personal fulfilment and set the foundations for participation in the wider community.
Treetops Montessori School provides education at developmental levels corresponding with Dr Montessori’s Planes of Development. Education at each level, in accordance with Montessori principles, is predicated on the basic human urge to explore.
An important feature of our classrooms is their social composition. The mixed age setting facilitates the personal, social and intellectual development of the children. Older children provide role models for younger ones and help them to learn. Visitors to Treetops frequently comment on the good behaviour, confidence and respectfulness of the children. Our classes also provide a nurturing and well-ordered environment in which the children can develop individually.