Many Parents, friends, family members and other acquaintances often ask, "What exactly is Montessori?" Montessori is a very popular approach for teaching preschool and primary age children, developed by an Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. In typical traditional methods based pre-schools, a teacher imparts topic-specific concepts to a group which means everyone is taught (not learns!) the same lesson at the same time (at their own pace though). In pre-schools without Montessori, you will find over-charged walls, cartoon figures, super-heroes, or any over-stimulating visuals . Whereas temporarily enjoyable by children; they soon become a major distraction to the learning process and detract from achieving a balanced environment.
Schools with Montessori approach are not bound by the curriculum in a classroom; children are constantly challenged and can progress at their own pace. They are also provided with special multi-sensory materials unique to the Montessori Method which fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills in them. Here the child goes through intellectual and social development with the ability to work on a specified self-chosen project wherever (inside the classroom) and for however long they wish to. Montessori Method tailors its approach to the unique needs of each child, and to the specific needs of each child’s established developmental stage.
The goal of both Montessori and traditional preschools remains the same: to provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest differences lie in the kind of learning experiences provided and the methods they use to accomplish this goal. Montessori schools have mixed age groupings and the child discovers his own concepts from self-teaching tasks while the latter have same age grouping and the child is guided by the teacher who is the center of the classroom. Voluntary parent involvement is opposed to the system of Montessori schools where it is mandatory to participate in the learning process of their child. The hallmarks of Montessori style include:
- Discover answers for yourself (a lifelong learning)
- Environment matters- Physical, cognitive, emotional and social (every small change that needs to be scaled per the age group or mental ability)
- Be active, and creative
- Respect all – nature, people, and planet
CADD Centre forayed into pre-school segment with the launch of Dreamflower, a Montessori Pre-school
at Thiruvanmiyur. It has a large collection of Montessori Method study materials that aid in fun activity-based learning which makes the child a self-motivated learner. Dreamflower is a proud initiative of Asia’s leading training institute CADD Centre which is very well known for its learning and teaching methodologies from the last 25 years. The pre-school is on the same path with the base of Montessori Method of Education which emphasizes on modern yet proven style of learning and not just learning through watching, listening or reading. CADD center with this initiative for transforming the pre-school education has already started bridging the gaps that traditional method of education has created. CADD center has been successful in playing its role towards preparing those cute and high potential toddlers to be ready for the tough world ahead! Doing what it promised to do.