By Tiffany Hay Meiners
I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life. -Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale
What do Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founders of Google), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Prince William and Prince Harry, and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (music producer and entrepreneur) have in common? They are all Montessori graduates!
Today’s outstanding leaders in innovation and creativity have their educational roots in Montessori classrooms. Montessori schools are known to have environments that foster independence, creativity, confidence and global awareness; they are places where children are encouraged to explore and make their own discoveries.
Dr Maria Montessori developed her Method in the early 1900s. While practising medicine, in Italy, she became passionate about education and educational theory. Over the course of time, she refined a comprehensive set of educational materials that sparked curiosity in young children. In 1907, Montessori opened her first Casa Dei Bambini – Children’s House. The Montessori Method gained a lot of attention and spread internationally. There are now 22,000 Montessori schools in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Post University I made the decision to become a Montessori teacher. I have always had a fascination with Montessori. I loved the fact that it was child-centred. That it nurtured the child’s innate desire to build themselves up, encouraging them to reach their full potential. For my training, I chose an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) training centre in Germany. AMI was founded by Dr Montessori, the organization is the custodian of the Montessori approach to education. Teacher training meets the highest standard of implementation across the globe.
Teaching young children, using the Montessori Method, is endlessly rewarding. One of the tenets of Montessori is the absorbent mind. From birth to six children are absorbing their environment like a sponge. Montessori seeks to harness this very special period, and the boundless potential in children, by introducing complex concepts that are more difficult to learn at a later age. Watching young children master such concepts, by chose and with such a profound sense of joy, is awe-inspiring. Parents continuously give me feedback that their young child’s behaviour has changed at home, how they are amazed at their child’s ability to figure out complex math equations, their beautiful cursive writing, use of big words, exceptional reading comprehension, knowledge of nature etc.
Montessori is not a trademarked name. Zimbabwe has a variety of established Montessori schools, either by name or true authenticity. I have been teaching for 7 years, at the beginning of 2021 I will open my own fully equipped Casa Dei Bambini class. It will be located in the beautiful rolling hills of Umwinsidale, where we will be proud to uphold the integrity of the Montessori Method. If you choose Montessori for your child, rest assured you will be giving your child a fantastic start into this wonderful, dynamic and rapidly changing world.
For more information on Montessori please visit: www.glenheritagemontessori.co.zw
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Originally published in the December Issue of Ndeipi Magazine