What is the Montessori Education Approach?
Montessori Schools Perth
The Montessori Education Approach focuses on supporting the full development of the human being through a multi-disciplinary learning approach that follows the natural development trajectory of each unique individual. Developed by Dr Maria Montessori, an Italian Physician and Educator, this learning approach is designed to encourage self-motivated growth in cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.
The Montessori Education Approach does not mean leaving the children to figure out how to count or how to read on their own. A Montessori Education places the child into a curated space where there are Montessori-trained directors who can teach each individual HOW TO LEARN and use the space around them to develop their knowledge and skills rather than just feeding them the answers. This approach to education creates opportunities for children to develop the facets of learning and embody the correct attitude which can motivate them to pursue life-long learning to fulfil their potential as human beings.
Rockingham Montessori School’s Approach to Education
At Rockingham Montessori School, we embody the Montessori Philosophy and the Montessori Pedagogy of learning by following the natural development of the child to ignite their passion for the discipline of learning and encourage self-growth. Our curriculum is designed to create safe and nurturing environments where children can thrive on their own through self-motivated but guided learning. Our Montessori-certified facilitators create an immaterial world within a physical classroom to create a nurturing environment for children under the Four Planes of Development.
In a Montessori classroom, the children are active participants. Through hands-on activities for individual learning and respectful collaborative play, the students are encouraged to explore, deconstruct, build, ask, interpret and give their opinions to help develop their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical potentials. We encourage our students to ask questions and in turn assist them to arrive at the correct answer by ushering in thinking skills such as how to make deductions or connections.
In Montessori Education, we uphold the following Principles:
Montessori Education respects each child’s learning pace and acknowledges their strengths and weaknesses. The Educators respects each child’s uniqueness and they guide the children to recognise and respect one another to be able to work in harmony.
Self-Motivation is the key behind a child’s learning success. By creating a nurturing environment in a Montessori Classroom, the children are coached how to learn to be able to develop their potentials and grow their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills.
INDEPENDENCE & COLLABORATION
In Montessori Education, children are nurtured to become independent citizens that contribute to society. To do this, the Montessori Classroom is designed to create experiences that will allow children to think on their own yet at the same time collaborate with other student to solve problems.
At Rockingham Montessori School, we aim to help students grow up as independent learners that can thrive as an individual but can also live in harmony and work with other people as part of a community.
Infant & Toddler
1 - 3 Years
Our Infant Toddler Program (Playgroup) is the ideal way for your family to experience the Montessori philosophy and practice, while providing toddlers with a gentle transition to the Children’s House.
3 - 6 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has three Children’s House classrooms, named Dolphins, Penguins and Seahorse, reflecting our seaside location. Each is led by a dedicated and highly-trained Montessori teacher.
6 - 12 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has three Lower-Primary classrooms: Jelly Fish, Starfish and Sea Lions, continuing our ocean theme. Teachers are Montessori-trained and work with the help of an education assistant.
12 -18 Years
In Montessori’s third plane of development, from twelve to eighteen years old, the adolescent has a ‘humanistic mind’ eager to understand humanity and the contribution they can make to society.