Children learn and acquire practical skills through doing. Self-reliance and freedom of choice, while respecting rules of social coexistence, are important features of the Montessori Method. Help me do it myself – is the motto of our preschool.
The teacher’s task is to organise the child’s surroundings in such a way that they support his/her individual development. According to Montessori pedagogy, the teacher acts as a guide, carer and discreet observer. The teacher assists the child in working out answers, rather than offering ready solutions, discovering the world together with the child as part of an individual path to learning. The teacher accompanies the child, assisting in his/her development and adjusting to his/her needs. The teacher is responsible for creating an atmosphere of understanding, joy, peace, security, acceptance and respect.
Montessori teaching materials
Preschool classrooms are equipped with an original set of Montessori teaching materials. They are the most comprehensible and elaborate set of teaching resources available when compared to other teaching methods. One of the basic principles of the Method is to help children become self-reliant. Thus Montessori teaching materials enable the child to check on his/her own progress, providing the means to self-manage and complete tasks. As a result, the child experiences the feeling of completing a task on his/her own, building self- reliance and self-esteem, and becoming motivated to take on new and more difficult tasks.
Working with the Montessori materials gives children a sensorial experience. Each material used in the preschool helps them experience the world around them and provides inspiration for further exploration. Each material has its own immediate objective and prepares also for achieving future goals.
The materials are divided into the following themes: