Montessori allows us to experience a child’s uniqueness in their choices, actions and desires. It demonstrates their overall development in a carefully prepared and non traditional environment. The 5 key principles of the Montessori method are:

Independence – Independence is the greatest gift that we can give a child. When children learn to do things independently they develop self belief, esteem and confidence. They also develop a sense of achievement in their own accomplishments.

Observation – Only through observation of the child can we witness their interests and desires. This is an essential teaching tool in Montessori, as it allows us to tailor our teaching methods to the desires and interests of the child.

Following the child –This is a key principle of the method. Rather than the conventional teaching method of the adult deciding what the child must learn, in Montessori we present the child with several options and we follow where their interests lead.

Control of Error – All Montessori material has an inbuilt control of error which allows the child to see when they have made a mistake. This ensure that the child can self correct rather than constantly receiving correction from an adult.

A prepared environment – Montessori rooms are all lovingly set up and prepared always with the child in mind. Everything is child sized and at a child’s level. This ensures that classroom truly is a place for children where they can feel safe and free to explore and learn.

Some of our favourite Maria Montessori quotes and materials:

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
"The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind."
"The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”

Portobello Institute offer various Montessori teaching courses across a number of learning journeys. Our tutors are dedicated and are passionate about early learning, the Montessori Method and it's philosophy.  To embark on an inspiring career in Montessori please contact our academic advisor Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 8920040 or email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.ie for full details.