Montessori Overview

Montessori education has a long and successful history in New Zealand.  The Montessori method of education has been practiced for over one hundred years and has achieved success throughout the world.

The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment that offers a positive learning community, which encourages self-directed learning and respect for others. Within this environment each child is taught individually; they work at their own pace and level under the guidance of a Montessori trained teacher.

The success of this method is achieved in part by the specialised classroom equipment, which is an essential component of the Montessori education. It allows the child to undertake self-directed learning. These materials enable the child to isolate specific concepts such as maths, geometry, grammar, and arithmetic. As the child’s exploration continues, the materials interrelate and build upon each other.  These purposeful activities are perfectly adapted to each stage of the child’s development.

Montessori education is firmly based on respect for and understanding of the child. Children are encouraged towards self-confidence, independence, self-discipline, and concentration. A life long love of learning is fostered along with respect for others and the environment.