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.