About Montessori Education. Brilliant Minds, Brilliant Babies
Babies love to learn! Dr Maria Montessori found that children have an inherent urge to learn and master everything in their environment, almost effortlessly. Given a choice, they will naturally choose activities that stimulate them and meet their unique developmental needs at a given moment.
However, children quickly loose interest in activities that are too easy or too difficult. This means that your job as your child’s Montessori teacher is to carefully observe your child and make appropriate materials and activities available to them at the right time. Through some simple guidelines you will learn to get the most out of your Montessori toys and start your child on the path to being a brilliant baby with a brilliant mind.
Why Start Early Learning?
The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. In the past, some scientists thought the brain's development was determined genetically and that brain growth followed a biologically predetermined path. Now we know that early experiences impact development and influence the way in which the circuits (or pathways) of the brain become ‘wired’.
This is why it is so important for babies to experience, explore, repeat and manipulate materials during infancy and early childhood. They will develop their pincer grasp, their hand to eye ability and ready themselves for the next stage in their development.
What is the Montessori Method?
Montessori is one of the fastest-growing and most popular educational methods in the world today. It began in Italy in the early 1900s by Dr Maria Montessori, a doctor and educator who achieved remarkable results with children by designing an educational program that makes the most of their innate desire to learn.
Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) recognised that education starts at birth and that the first six years, being the most formative both physically and mentally, are the most important. It is during this time that a child's absorption is the greatest, and attitudes and patterns of learning are formed that will last for life. She also noted that a child’s capacity to learn is enhanced by an appropriate environment.
During her forty years of working with children, Dr Montessori discovered insights about the child and human development that continue to be borne out by modern research. The Montessori method of education is now heralded throughout the world for the results it produces with children from all backgrounds.Click here
to watch a very entertaining short video that will give a great example of the differences between Montessori education and conventional education.
Montessori in Australia
If you would like to know more about Montessori education in Australia and access a complete listing of Montessori schools and information about the Montessori method, contact the Montessori Australia Foundation
or the Montessori Australia Council
Classic Baby Montessori Toys and Materials. The natural way to learn through play.
Thank you for choosing Classic Baby Montessori Toys and Materials. We are truly excited about the range and we hope you will be too.
As parents and educators we know how important your child’s development is. But while formal education is in place for children at a later stage, the vital first three years of a child’s development is often overlooked. Our range of Montessori toys gives you the materials you need to bridge that gap and provide your child with a preschool / Kindergarten Montessori education at home.
Our range of eco wooden Montessori toys have been developed based on the original materials that Dr Montessori designed in the 1920s. These beautiful, high quality wooden educational toys have been carefully designed to allow each child to reach their potential through natural curiosity and exploration. Our toys encourage the development of self-confidence, self-motivation, self-discipline and a lifelong passion for learning.
Their simple, unassuming design reflects the vision Maria Montessori had – helping to keep the child focused on the task rather than the object. By choosing to make the toys in wood, we are staying true to Montessori: wood offers wider experience to a child through its grain, variety of smells, differing weights and sounds when tapped. Wood also attaches importance to nature, which in turn connects the child to the world around them.
Are the Toys Environmentally Friendly?
Yes, our toys are eco friendly. This was very important to us when the toys were undergoing research and development. As well as having the toys tested under the Australian/New Zealand toy standards, Classic Baby is part of a global effort to provide products that meet the highest environmental standards. The woods used in our complete range of Montessori toys are sourced from Forest Stewardship Council/Rainforest Alliance Certified™ forests and are responsibly harvested to benefit communities, wildlife and the environment. We want to make a mark on the world, but we don’t want to harm it.
Can Anyone Adopt the Montessori Method?
Yes. You don’t have to be a teacher to use Montessori techniques in your own home. With some clear, helpful guidelines and our Montessori toys; anyone can provide their child with a valuable preschool / Kindergarten Montessori education.
Each item in our Montessori Toys range is designed to challenge and stimulate, and we have found that a child will not be satisfied until they have managed a particular task. Even after an activity has been mastered, the infant will continue to come back to it over and over again, happily absorbed in their work. In order to encourage your child and enrich their learning experience, you should think one step ahead of their current stage of development.
Your Home Environment
As a Montessori practitioner there are a few points to bear in mind when preparing your home:
- Try to encourage order, beauty and simplicity
- Provide a quiet, calm and peaceful space, free from clutter
- Rotate toys, books and materials each week rather than having everything available at the same time
- Create a stimulating environment with activities that attract your child’s interest and are appropriate to his age and capability
Famous Montessori Alumni
It is not only scientific research that backs up Dr Montessori’s theories about education. Numerous well-known and successful people have enjoyed a Montessori background, whether through Montessori Schools or by being home educated using the Montessori method.
Google creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, credited much of their success to their Montessori schooling. When TV Personality Barbara Walters asked whether their parents’ being college professors was a factor in their success, they said that, in fact, it was going to a Montessori school that taught them to be self-directed self-starters. They went on to say that a Montessori education encouraged them to think for themselves and gave them the freedom to pursue their own interests. To watch this interview online click here
And there are numerous others who have subscribed to the Montessori Method:
- Prince William and Prince Harry
- Alexander Graham Bell
- Thomas Edison
- Henry Ford
- Helen Keller
- Mahatma Gandhi
- The Dalai Lama
- Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com
- Bill and Hillary Clinton
- Jacqueline Kennedy
- Sigmund Freud
- George Clooney
- Michael Douglas
The list goes on…
Join our Social Networking Pages
Keep in contact with Classic Baby via our Facebook fan page or Twitter. Be the first to hear about private sales, special offers and competitions. Our Facebook page is also a great forum to share ideas about Montessori and the community.