Montessori education

Montessori education is an educational method based on respect for individual competences and skills of each child. One of its main assumptions is to enable children to grow at their own pace. Montessori education means trust that following this path the child will become fully independent. At the “Dwujęzyczni” preschool, we rely on this concept.

Montessori education fills the daily life of our preschool

In our preschool, we implement and develop Maria Montessori’s concepts every day. We strive to give children a chance for comprehensive development: physical, cultural and social. We support their spontaneous and creative activity. We help develop individual personality traits, form the right character, acquire knowledge, skills and cooperate in a group.

Dwujęzyczni – we focus on the child’s individual development

Montessori education focuses on the child’s individual abilities and interests. Teachers try to create the best conditions so that each child can play, learn, work and develop their skills freely and according to their own choice.

Our goal is to recognize the child’s predispositions and passions, and to help them deepen and broaden them. We focus on the individual development of the child, rejecting the obligation to equalize the level of knowledge and skills in a group of peers. 

We have a holistic approach to child development. This means that teachers are the child’s support in independent cognition and understanding of the surrounding world, not educators instilling pre-determined doses of theory in them. Children dictate their own pace of acquiring knowledge, they themselves choose the aids with which they want to work and they set the directions in which they want to develop.

What’s important to us?

  • Learning by doing: children acquire knowledge and practical skills through their own activity, in a thoughtful educational environment, in cooperation with teachers.
  • Independence: children freely choose the type, place, time and form of work (individual or with a partner) while maintaining social rules. They develop individual talents and learn to evaluate their skills realistically. For example, children prepare simple meals, such as sandwiches, on their own.
  • Concentration: children practice accuracy and perseverance in performing specific tasks.
  • Silence lessons: children learn to work together during individual and group “quiet activities”.
  • Order: children acquire the ability to follow the rules of order in their surroundings and their actions. All materials are easily accessible, ordered thematically so that the child can easily reach for them.
  • Social rules: children of different ages are grouped, which contributes to broadening knowledge and skills. Children learn to follow the rules: do not hurt, do not destroy, do not disturb.
  • Observation: is the adults’ key to discover the child’s world. The teacher observes the child’s progress and difficulties with respect and attention and is the child’s guide.
  • Individual course of development: the child is warmly welcomed by the teacher, receives the teacher’s attention and individual care. The child works according to their own pace and abilities, undertaking tasks for which the child is ready.

Education program at Dwujęzyczni preschool

The goal we strive for is to raise an independent, self-confident person convinced of their worth. As teachers, our task is to support and guide the child’s development in accordance with their natural potential and abilities in relations with the natural, social and cultural world.

Our education program

Through education in the Montessori environment, we want to develop the child’s:

  • Courage in thinking and acting;
  • Independence in thinking and acting;
  • Responsibility for oneself, others and for the environment;
  • Respect for oneself, others and the environment;
  • Mind open to exploring the world and discovering oneself;
  • Ability to coexist in harmony with others, not necessarily in a spirit of competition;
  • Creativity, i.e. the ability to search for solutions to one’s problems and questions;
  • Awareness of oneself, one’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • Conviction of one’s value, belief in one’s own abilities.

We implement the program using Montessori development materials. Children develop through individual, free work and group activities in a circle for the whole group. Very important for us is teaching attentive work in silence and practising concentration and focus on selected tasks. For this they use properly prepared Montessori teaching aids and materials.

Children at “Dwujęzyczne” don’t learn by memorizing. We show them how to acquire knowledge living in an era of easily accessible information. We teach how to use knowledge for our own purposes. We shape creative, thoughtful, resourceful and independent people.

Holistic human education is our priority. We prepare children for life in their surrounding environment, society and culture. We teach independent problem solving, criticism, questioning and seeking answers. We raise children to be aware of their value and self-confident, but also disciplined, with a sense of duty.

Montessori education

The main sections of Montessori education at the “Dwujęzyczni” preschool:

  • Practical life – preparing the child for life, working on independence, self-service – eating, dressing, coordination and harmony of movement, using the toilet independently, etc.
  • Sensory development – improving the senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste, preparation for activity in the area of mathematics, language, culture
  • Mathematics education – experiencing mathematical concepts by playing with specific educational materials, developing a “mathematical mind”, learning the true nature of arithmetic operations
  • Language education – enriching vocabulary, preparation for reading and writing, visual and auditory letter recognition, reading comprehension
  • Cultural education – physical geography, botany, zoology, history, astronomy, ecology, multiculturalism

(Not) foreign languages at the “Dwujęzyczni” preschool

At the “Dwujęzyczni” preschool, we speak 3 languages (English, Spanish and Polish) throughout the day. Thanks to this, the cultural worldview of our pupils is broader than that of monolingual children, who often seem to think that only their language, culture and customs matter in the world. At “Dwujęzyczni”, other languages are not foreign to children.

We never force a child to attempt to speak on their own if they are not yet ready. Children decide themselves when they start speaking a second language. In this way we eliminate stress, fear and embarrassment of making a mistake.

The educational and childcare program is based on the curriculum of the Ministry of National Education.

Dwujęzyczni – Montessori preschool in a nutshell

Montessori children are independent, open to new experiences, focused on their tasks and persistent. They are children who believe in their own abilities and willingly help others. Montessori preschool shapes them to be respectful to others, but also expecting respect for their persons. At the “Dwujęzyczni” preschool, we work with children according to Maria Montessori’s philosophy.

“Dwujęzyczni” Montessori preschool – how we work

In our preschool, our work is based on Montessori development materials. These foundations have been developed by Maria Montessori. According to Montessori, the main task of education is to support the spontaneity and creativity of children and to create conditions for comprehensive physical, spiritual, cultural and social development.

Guided by these principles, we give children the full opportunity to work freely and participate in activities in a circle designed for the whole group. Children learn to work carefully in silence and focus on selected tasks. For this they use properly prepared Montessori teaching aids and materials.

How do children develop in our preschool?

One of the development directions we focus on is learning foreign languages. Children learn them naturally through play. Thanks to the characteristic ability of preschool age children to learn several languages at once and thanks to the friendly atmosphere accompanying education in our preschool, children quickly become accustomed to new languages and begin to use them without embarrassment often accompanying people who start learning a language at a later stage of development.

Apart from language education, we try to recognize all other talents and predispositions of children and use their natural ability to learn. We care about providing children with the best conditions for development – such that will allow them to broaden their interests and meet their needs.

Main sections of Montessori education:

  • Practical life – preparing the child for life, working on independence, self-service – eating, dressing, coordination and harmony of movement, using the toilet independently, etc.;
  • Sensory development – improving the senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste, preparation for activity in the area of mathematics, language, culture;
  • Mathematics education – experiencing mathematical concepts by playing with specific educational materials, developing a “mathematical mind”, learning the true nature of arithmetic operations;
  • Language education – enriching vocabulary, preparation for reading and writing, visual and auditory letter recognition, reading comprehension;
  • Cultural education – physical geography, botany, zoology, history, astronomy, ecology, multiculturalism.

“Dwujęzyczni” Montessori language preschool in Jeżyce and Naramowice in Poznań

Our Montessori preschools are located in two Poznań districts – Jeżyce and Naramowice. Both facilities are located in spacious buildings, and their interiors are extremely attractive, refined both in terms of design and usefulness of the space.

Children stay in bright and spacious rooms, which has a very positive effect on their mood. The space is filled with teaching aids compatible with the Montessori concept, and the equipment of our preschool has been selected so that it best suits the needs of the children.

For years, we have been carefully and deliberately supporting the development of children who are part of our preschool community. Thanks to this, we have been achieving successes that attract more parents and their children to us.

The children want to be here.

Montessori pre-school teaching aids

In our preschool, children’s intellectual and motor development is stimulated largely by teaching aids designed in accordance with the Montessori concept. In working with children, we also use everyday objects that children often come into contact with in their surroundings.

Teaching aids in our preschool

In the selection of teaching materials and aids, we are guided by their impact on physical and intellectual development. We choose the ones that in our opinion will fulfill this task best, and at the same time meet with the greatest interest among children. All aids are arranged in such a way that every child can reach for them whenever they think they need them.

Development by working with everyday objects

Work and tasks constituting household duties are extremely liked by children. Mastering these activities not only facilitates their daily functioning, but also increases faith in their own capabilities and motivates them to be active.

Simple tasks such as screwing screws, wiping the table, pouring water into a vessel improve planning and motor coordination. Fine motor skills, much needed in, for example, learning to write, are developed by practicing dressing, buttoning, lacing shoes or threading beads.

Montessori teaching materials and aids

Montessori aids are designed to stimulate all the senses of a small person, thanks to which children learn spatial thinking, perception of shapes, colors, smells and flavors with interest and pleasure. We also successfully use Montessori materials to develop children’s language and mathematical skills. Here are some examples of Montessori teaching aids:

  • Pink tower – is a collection of single-colored blocks, differing in size. They can be compared to each other in terms of size, arranged in various ways (vertically and horizontally), children can build a tower, stairs or floors or, for example, mark the center of the structure;
  • Brown stairs – like the pink tower, it’s a set of one-colored blocks that differ in width and length;
  • Colored signs – used for learning colors;
  • Murmur cans – 12 cans in red and blue, filled with various loose materials. Great help in practicing recognition and comparison of sounds, concentration and auditory memory;
  • Flavor bottles – teaching children to recognize flavors – bitter, salty, sour and sweet;
  • Fragrance containers – 6 pairs of containers filled with various fragrances. The task of children is to find 2 containers with the same smell. Excellent help in learning smells.

In addition to sensory materials, we also use Montessori aids to master language and mathematics, including rough letters and rough numbers, a movable alphabet, golden pearls, abacus, and metal frames.

All materials have a very simple structure, are made of pleasant, often natural materials and are arranged in a logical way. They help children to easily understand the intricate world of words and numbers.