montessoriway1Maria Montessori was the first woman to become a medical doctor in Italy.  She became interested in children and opened her first school in 1907.  Maria published her first book, The Montessori Method, in 1909.  Her work spread throughout the world with schools in South Africa, Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia. 

At The Cotswold Country Montessori School we follow this internationally recognised method, which is built on the philosophy of “following the child”.  The philosophy encourages children to develop at their own pace and makes use of physical materials to help them understand abstract ideas as they progress toward independence.

Physical materials also give Montessori pupils an excellent math and language foundation and understanding.  The materials or equipment in a Montessori classroom have a dual purpose.  In addition to their immediate goal of giving specific information to the child, they prepare the child for a later skill. 

The prepared environment is the centre of learning for the Montessori child.  The Montessori classroom is indeed the child’s world, geared to their size, pace of learning and interest.  Because children work individually with the materials there is no competition.  Each child only relates to his own work and progress and thus builds up a positive self-image.

The Montessori Way is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children’s needs.  Children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentrating, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning.