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Maria Montessori was born in 1870, and 26 years later went on
to become the first woman in Italy to become a qualified doctor.
After qualifying she was appointed assistant doctor in a clinic
within the University of Rome, to work and observe children in
a scientific manner. Without the usual pre-conceived educational
ideas, she was able to create new techniques of education, which
would emphasise the ‘unique’ development of each child.
This has led to the Montessori Approach believing strongly in
spontaneity and independence whereby the child is encouraged to
select their own activities to explore and manipulate for themselves.
into this approach has shown that the earlier a child learns to
interact with others, the more developed their social skills and
confidence is in the future. A Preschool of good standing –
like SMILES Montessori – has been proven to aid greatly
in the development of the child. “All children have an innate
desire to learn”, this philosophy enthused by Dr. Maria
Montessori, is practised by the whole school through three traditional
Montessori principles. These are:-
three principles guide teachers to “control the environment”
and not the child. To look at the child as an unknown entity or
being and allows the child’s true nature to freely emerge.
The school is divided into 5 classrooms; baby room 3 months – 1 year; toddler room
1-2 years; upper toddlers 2-2½ yrs - reception class 2½-3½ years; upper group
3½-5 years. Each classroom provides a range of activities appropriate for the age
and stage of the development of the child. The school also has an outdoor play
area, and when weather permits children can also take advantage of Bush Fair
2006 Smiles Montessori Pre-School