Casa dei Bambini
These children grew up very poor and with no one to help them out with any of their upbringings, thus it is understandable that they were in such conditions, but yet these children were the seeds that brought out all the good that is the Montessori methods. As Dr. Maria Montessori herself stated, 6th of January is traditionally celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany in Italy. It might not have been a coincidence that on this day, the work started that brought out many lights throughout the world.
Follow The Child
The Prepared Environment
The other piece of the puzzle that Dr. Maria Montessori put together from her observations is the "Prepared Learning Environment" for the children to learn in. To enable the children to do self discovery and learning, Montessori deduced that they need to be in an environment in which they will be stimulated to continuously inquire and move with purpose. Everything in the Montessori classroom is designed to enable them to do so.
Features that are usually found in a Montessori "Prepared Environment" classroom, bright and open, with natural elements while still being ordered, children know where things are, and learning materials within easy reach of the children. The typical Montessori classrooms do not necessarily have designated seats for all the children, as they might get to work on different subjects and topics throughout the days. However, all the freedom in the classroom is always within clearly defined limits set by the teachers - who must readily observe and assist when needed, as well as drawing boundaries when necessary.
Repetition and practice are always encouraged - thus children would be able to grasp the materials that they are learning. Children are actively involved in the subjects using concrete materials that they interact with, physically, visually, or through music and the likes.
Contrary to what some people might believe, Montessori has a lot of emphasis on academics, in addition to other aspects of the children's developments. Even though the methods seem different than sitting down at the desks and listening to teachers, Montessori curriculum is well defined, structured, and addresses the needs for early age children developments.
Spring Shine implemented the Montessori methods in the following subjects:
Letterland / Literacy / Language