What is a Montessori nursery?


Montessori philosophy has been an iconic name around children’s education for the last century. The method of teaching and educating children in this way has been shown to promote a healthy and positive outlook on life by developing natural curiosity to important functional skills. Here’s what you need to know about Montessori philosophy!


Who was Maria Montessori?


Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator in the early 19th Century. Her name became iconic from her innovative educational methods specifically focusing on elevating the way children naturally learn for their success. Montessori opened the first school under this name in Rome in 1907, the Casa Dei Bambini or Children’s house. From here she went on to write about her approach to education with many following in her footsteps and still thousands of Montessori schools exist around the world. Her specific type of teaching initiated an educational movement that both educators and parents valued.


What is the difference between a nursery and a Montessori nursery?


A nursery is a place for children between the ages of three and five to experience a less formal type of education before going to school. The casual and playful manner creates an exciting environment for children to want to be where they continuing learning fundamental skills, how to be around others and make friends but also preparing them for moving into a more structured environment for learning. Montessori nurseries are primarily based on Montessori’s philosophy of teaching. This concept surrounds the children as their own respective learners and provides them with the circumstances to learn in the most natural way possible. 

 

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What is the Montessori method of teaching?


The Montessori philosophy focuses on children developing their own full and unique potential without grading systems that encourage competition between classmates. Specific focus is placed on learning materials that assist and encourage creativity, with continued emphasis on independence and learning to manage their own community with leadership skills. They also consider how they can support parents, children and teachers to form a bright, warm and supportive environment.


Are all school Montessori schools?


With no legal copyright, the Montessori philosophy can be used by any educational facility. This, therefore, allows any school to be called a Montessori nursery whether they practice the philosophy exactly or include small amounts of this style of teaching. 

 

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How can you bring Montessori into your home?


Whether you choose to have your child in a nursery or school that uses the Montessori method or you choose another, there might be parts of this philosophy you want to instil in your home. By considering the way your child learns and thinking about the environment you provide them with to explore these developing skills, you can effortlessly introduce this method of teaching. 


Montessori learning is becoming ever popular on social media and many parents show how they use their interior designs to help facilitate this. We think the Wigiwama Teepees make excellent spaces for encouraging imaginative and creative play, when others are involved too it provides the space for problem-solving and working on friendships. For quieter activities, the Wigiwama Seating range can create a special and comfortable space to work anywhere in the home!