The Montessori program emphasizes learning through the senses to encourage brain development and complements the early stages of development.
Excellent Kids Montessori - Childcare centre
Excellent Kids Montessori will benefit your children for life, for here we provide a specifically designed learning process to suit your child’s unique development at his/her own pace in a safe, caring and inspiring environment. Every room is well equipped with purpose-designed resources. Our centre is built to foster creative, innovative, and independent thinking, also to instill in them a great love for learning.
The Montessori method is designed to support a child’s unique individual development with a prepared, focused, and personalised environment. Excellent Kids Montessori adopts this approach to facilitate all children to engage themselves joyfully, excitedly, and responsibly in their learning journey.
We aim to connect, partner, and work closely with our families to offer their precious children our best learning experiences. We work towards empowering your child to achieve and develop a good self-esteem, a desire for exploration and learning, an aspiration for innovation and understanding. Also, we shall inspire in them a considerate and respectful attitude towards others and our natural environment.
We seek to create a genuine community spirit by building relationships amongst staff, our community, families, and children. At Excellent Kids Montessori, we esteem all our connections highly. Our goal is to support our families in giving their children the best opportunities to achieve their full potentials. We therefore provide educational sessions to our families and community on a regular basis to allow parents to learn more about Excellent Kids Montessori and the Montessori Methodology.
Our educators believe in actively aiding our children’s character development in self-motivation, benevolence and resilience.
The Woman Behind The Name
Maria Montessori was a medical doctor, born in Italy in 1870, whose interest in the mentally retarded led her to develop a highly successful concrete and sensory-based teaching approach that helped them to learn. Later, she applied her discoveries to normal but impoverished children from the slums of Rome, and her success with these children was even more remarkable. Soon, people from all over the world came to her “Children’s House” (Casa de Bambini) to learn from her.
She devised specialized materials, a teaching method, and later a philosophy of education that is internationally known, based on her careful observation of the child.
She observed that children had a need for order that is different from our own. She also observed that children go through sensitive periods during which there is a special window of opportunity open for their learning.
The Guiding Principles at Excellent Kids Montessori
Respect for “the Child’s Individuality”
The Montessori philosophy is based on a deep respect for the child, particularly the individuality of each child. We respect the child and we nurture the adult he is to become.
Working behind the scene with the Child’s “Absorbent Mind
Every child has an inner need to grow physically, emotionally and mentally (cognitively). Maria Montessori used the term “a child’s absorbent mind” to label this inner motivation to learn. She observed that children propel themselves towards greater learning, no matter what their differences.
Understanding a child’s developmental “Sensitive Periods”
During this time, a child may be drawn to the same material over and over again. He is naturally working on grasping the knowledge. It is important that he not be hurried or interrupted during this work. He needs to repeat it often. Sometimes, another child may want a turn with the material that the child is using. In a Montessori classroom, we would not talk about sharing in this situation. Instead, we would allow the first child to develop concentration skills by continuing to use the material, and we would encourage the second child to watch, thereby developing patience and learning through observation.
Design ”The Prepared Environment”
In order to help children with the monumental task of mastering all the sights and sounds and sensory impressions that bombard them, Maria Montessori developed what she called “the prepared environment.” The prepared environment maintains an order—or framework—through which children can evaluate and classify their sensory input. The prepared environment allows a child to explore at her own speed, according to her own capabilities and her own interests.
In the prepared environment, shelves are open, which encourages children to freely choose and explore. Montessori classroom materials are designed to meet the needs of young children’s sensitive periods. Many are beautifully made of wood and neutral colors.
Children focus on how they do what they do in a Montessori classroom. They focus on their own growth and development—not how they do in relation to
others. They help one another to achieve mutual success, rather than competing among themselves. Without the stress of competition, children are freer to experience the natural joy that is intrinsic to learning.
Inspire a child into “Auto education”
Montessori named the concept that children are capable of educating themselves auto-education (also known as self-education). Children who are actively involved in a prepared environment and who exercise freedom of choice literally educate themselves. Montessori teachers prepare classrooms so that children educate themselves.
The Teacher’s Role
Montessori believed that “it is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may be always ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience" (Montessori, 1967).
Make children the centre of learning
Encourage children to learn
Prepare the learning environment
Respect each child
Introduce learning materials