What is Montessori?
Montessori education is a system based on innovative, yet practical methods designed to empower a child and ignite a love of learning. It is a system that is centred on the child and its success depends upon consistency, patience, logic and imagination. Based upon the works of Dr. Maria Montessori, who developed these methods teaching children with developmental challenges in the early part of the 20th century, it remains a relevant and inspirational method of leading children to learn as they eagerly absorb new and exciting knowledge in their early years by engaging with the beautiful hands-on materials in the specially prepared classroom environments.
Nelephant Montessori School provides a learning environment for children to develop at their own pace. A Montessori classroom is a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are encouraged, just as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence.
The Montessori Classroom
The children in our classrooms come to understand that learning is something they do themselves. They learn that knowledge is not something that is acquired from a teacher. It’s something that comes through experience with hands on materials and opportunities for problem solving.
At Nelephant, our classrooms function with each child working individually to accomplish their own goals. However, at the same time, children freely help each other to understand the materials they are working on.
A Montessori classroom becomes a true community. Students work together towards both their group and individual aspirations.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Materials
The materials in the Nelephant Montessori environment are specifically designed to meet the needs of a child at each level of development. The materials are real life objects made of natural materials, encourage a lot of movement, are self-correcting, and gradually help to develop a child’s focus and concentration. They are purposeful activities that are developed for the child to touch, manipulate and organize in order to make impressions in the brain about each concept being discovered.
This method of education creates a child who is joyful and engaged while learning. Children understand that they can learn on their own and that they can help others learn as well. As a result, they develop self-confidence and self-esteem. These children become better socialized and able to solve their own conflicts. They tend to be courteous, compassionate, and respectful in their interactions with others.
The Joy of Learning
Can learning be joyful? Absolutely! Nelephant students are living proof that learning can be an exciting adventure. Our parents often notice dramatic transformations in their children after joining our community. Their children start developing many skills that transfer into their home environment and discover a new enthusiasm and joy for learning.
If you are interested in experiencing the transformative benefits of a Montessori education, start the process to join our community by joining our waitlist today.