The Montessori Method of education is based on utilising the child’s natural desires to learn by using the five senses. This enhances self motivation and takes full advantage of the unique ability of children to develop their own interests and talents. At Ladybird Montessori School, our carefully planned and structured environment enables the child to grow and learn in a natural way, with the best possible opportunity for reaching their maximum potential.
Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education. Her ideas have become known and recognised throughout the world and have significantly influenced mainstream education.
Her original interest was medicine. She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School and became interested in education through her work as a doctor treating what are known today as children with special needs. Because of her medical background, she approached education as a scientist, using the classroom as a laboratory for observing children and for developing the best ways of helping them achieve their full potential.
The result was a method of education which combines a philosophy with a practical approach, the central idea being freedom of the child to work within a carefully planned and structured environment. She advocated that all children are intrinsically motivated to learn and that they absorb knowledge without effort when provided with the right kind of activities at the right time in their development. So great was her success that she went on to travel the world establishing schools and lecturing about her discoveries.
Her commitment to multicultural development and world peace is still the cornerstone of Montessori education.