Early Learning Centre (ELC Kindergarten) in association with Indian Montessori Centre (IMC) introduces a new chapter in early education in Mangalore.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. In Montessori classrooms, children collaborate in the decision-making process of their learning and the teacher offers age-appropriate activities to guide the process. The focus is on self-directed activity and hands-on learning. Montessori’s philosophy and methods have been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world
Montessori environments are hands-on and active. Young children are encouraged to continue their natural process of self- learning – the artificial setup of the traditional school where children sit on desks and where lessons are often orated to students who listen passively, memorize, and take tests are avoided. Focus on textbooks and notebooks as the primary source of information is eliminated – children move around freely, chose their activity of interest, interact in a mixed-age group and learn for multiple sources.
Although this method is extremely scientific, in recent years, the implementation of the Montessori philosophy is largely being diluted. Many schools are called Montessori schools without having the right teachers and environment in place. Many teachers-training institutes do not give the required preparation to early educators with an in-depth understanding of child psychology and pedagogy. The IMTC program, on the other hand is an intensive course that gives educators the time needed to assimilate the complete message of Maria Montessori. During many months of study, there will be a complete immersion into the philosophy and psychology that is at the heart of the Montessori Method.
There is no age bar for enrolling for Montessori Training Course. Anyone above the age of 18 is eligible for pursuing this Montessori Teachers Training Course. Anyone with 10+2 level qualification or above is welcome to enroll. There are two free seats for teachers of Government schools/ persons from underprivileged backgrounds. As quoted by Dr Maria Montessori “The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.”
On successful completion of the course you get a diploma in Montessori method of education for the age group 2.5 to 6 yrs. It is recognized by the Government of Karnataka. It is accepted anywhere in India and abroad. Our course director is Mr Latha Rao, senior faculty and director at IMTC. Jayashree Udupa, engineer, Montessorian, and faculty at Early Learning Centre Kindergarten is the course coordinator. If you want to learn more about the course or Montessori philosophy, you are welcome to attend a free workshop at Early Learning Centre this Saturday, 22nd December. Time 10-12 a.m. The workshop on Saturday is open to everyone. It will give you an insight into the pedagogy and its benefits in a realistic manner. It will help parents, teachers and those who are in education to connect with your students /children both academically and emotionally. A brief demo on materials will also be presented. Details can be found at – www.indianmontessoricentre.org.
More about Montessori education:
The Montessori method is a philosophy that encourages teachers to view children and classroom education differently than the common teacher-student relationship. Instead of focusing only on academic education, the Montessori method focuses on respecting and encouraging each child’s individual differences, providing a nurturing environment to teach social interaction and emotional skills. The Montessori method is most often applied at the pre-school level due to its focus on early child development.
The Montessori method was developed in the early 20th century by Maria Montessori, an Italian educator and physician. The philosophical tenet behind the Montessori method is that children each have their own internal guidance for self-directed development. The teacher acts as a guide, watching over the classroom to remove obstacles from learning but not participating as a direct instructor. Lessons given by the teacher often involve how to use or play with the various instructional toys (material) in the classroom.
According to Dr. Montessori, each child develops through several stages, each unique and requiring a slightly different teaching strategy. The first occurs between birth and age six. This stage represents the time when infants, toddlers, and children acquire language and begin to experience the world for the first time. It includes the development of the ego, where the child begins to first differentiate between self and other. The second stage occurs between the ages of six and twelve, during which children begin to develop the capacity for independent thought and abstract reasoning. This stage is marked by the desire to interact socially and emotionally with others. The last stage in development is adolescence.
Instead of instructing with lectures, handouts, worksheets, rote learning and lesson plans, a Montessori teacher will offer guidance, but the child is ultimately responsible for his or her own individual learning. Self-discipline and Self-directed learning is imbibed in the child from a very young age.
A child who has attended a Montessori pre primary school from 2.5 to 6 is ready to join any school for first standard. Because, he has not only equipped with all that he has to know such as reading and writing, but much more such as how to be in a society, a strong foundation which will stay for lifetime.
Being a Montessori teacher can be highly fulfilling and rewarding. Montessori teachers are usually creative, compassionate, patient people who are dedicated to improving the lives of the children they work with and, thereby contribute richly to their communities. The calm, peaceful nature of the prepared Montessori classroom creates a feeling of wellbeing you won’t often find in traditional preschool environments. Also, Montessori training involves a certain level of inner work and reflection. Therefore, “Montessorians” tend to be people who achieve uncommon levels of personal growth.
Please check the link below to see how a child works in a Montessori environment: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=09Y-huCMjIc