About Bambino Montessori
The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds that at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, children must gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail their senses, and slowly but surely gain mastery of themselves and their environment.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the "prepared environment," which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities and in a noncompetitive atmosphere.
"Never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success."
The years between 2 1/2 and 6 are the years in which children learn the rules of human behavior most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to "civilizing" children, freeing them through the acquisition of good manners and habits, to take their places in their culture.
Dr. Montessori has recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, and offers the child stimulation, but it is the child who learns, who is motivated through work itself (not solely by
the teacher's personality) to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired an "inner discipline" from their exposure to both physical and mental order. This is the core of Dr. Montessori's philosophy. Social adjustment, though a necessary condition for learning in a schoolroom, is not the purpose of education. Patterns of concentration, "stick-to-itiveness" and thoroughness, established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to observe, to think, to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and
provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.
- Develop and foster an abiding curiosity
- Develop habits of initiative and persistence
- Develop sensory-motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to discriminate and judge
- Develop social skills
- Acquire the basic skills necessary for a lifetime of learning
- Help develop each child's innate, ultimate potential through high self expectations
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He or she must do it by him or herself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he or she spends in the classroom because that person 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 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:
By allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his or her own choice rather than by being forced; and By helping the child perfect his or her natural tools for learning, so that the child's abilities will be maximized for future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual, long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child. AGES 2-1/2 through 6 years old fully potty-trained
Bambino Montessori School is a member of South African Montessori Association. Bambino Montessori School is dedicated to the development of the young child to his or her fullest potential. Dr. Maria Montessori's method of education has been used successfully with "average" children as well as the gifted, and the mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged. We believe that a Montessori experience at a vital, young age can help give the child a basis for strong character, and moral and intellectual development, happiness, and fulfillment; tools with which s/he may live a life with inner peace, harmony, and courage.
We have a deep concern for the "whole" child and feel that each area of his/her development is of equal importance- the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. We strive to help the individual child develop fully through his/her work, according to the teaching of Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the
"Montessori Method." The following are areas of development you can expect to see in your child:
- A joy of learning
- Love of order
- Learning through discovery
- Attachment to reality
- Self confidence
- Ability to choose
- Self discipline
- Enjoyment of quiet