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About Montessori

Vidyanjali follows the philosophy and curriculum proposed and established by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and anthropologist. It is often referred to as “Education as an Aid to Life”, which ideally begins at birth and continues throughout the course of development.

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method. The Montessori method is a method of educating young children which stresses development of a child’s own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play. This method allows children to develop at their own pace. At Vidyanjali we offer this exceptional Montessori Method of Education from Pre-primary up to III Std.

How is Montessori different from regular schooling ?

Children’s brains are natural learning machines. We believe that regular schooling during the early classes interferes with this natural tendency by imposing restrictions on children at such an young age. A Montessori education merely provides the right environment for such learning to be done at its optimum level. The ‘finger on lips’ kind of discipline is never followed in a Montessori classroom. What is emphasised instead is a sense of individuality and inherent morality.A Montessori environment provides children with the essential freedom to encourage children to speak, move, choose and work with whatever they choose.
Traditional Classrooms Montessori Classrooms
400 sq.ft. area 1200 sq. ft. area
Kids in one classroom are of a single age group Mixed age groups that allow for mentoring among students themselves
Locally available toys are used. Scientifically manufactures equipment that aid children’s development
Teacher centric approach Student centric approach
‘Chalk and Talk’ method of teaching A hands-on learning experience
Children are forced to sit in one place. Children are encouraged to move around
Passive learning by only listening to the teacher Active participatory learning that is led by the children themselves
A predetermined syllabus, and timetables that are common for all students in a classroom Syllabus and timetable that is personalised to each child’s interests and requirements
Termly exams and tests No textbooks, homework, exams or tests that tax the children
Focus only on intellectual development A healthy emphasis on social, emotional and spiritual along with intellectual development
Children acquire only academic skills, and possibly pick up a few social skills by virtue of being among other kids. Children acquire life skills along with the social and academic skills
 

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