There is an increasing interest in Montessori education and Montessori materials in Turkey. A lot of parents are considering sending their children to Montessori schools, so we saw the need to provide a brief guide.
Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century and has built the Montessori method, which is a personalized, child-led education approach.
Montessori focuses on developing the child in a holistic manner and places importance on sensorial, emotional development and practical life-skills in addition to more common focus areas such as language and math. Montessori claims that children grow into successful adults if they are independent individuals and learners starting from early ages, experiencing and sustaining the joy of learning.
An increasing number of preschools and primary schools in Turkey have started talking about Montessori or using the name Montessori in their school names. However, very few actually adhere to the Montessori principles enough to truly be deemed a ‘Montessori school.’ There are international networks and accreditation bodies that visit Montessori schools around the world and audit the quality of learning environments, and it is our aim following our first year of operation to become accredited as an authentic Montessori school. You can use the following links to research schools in Turkey that are being audited and accredited by these institutions:
A school that fully adopts a Montessori approach displays certain characteristics. You can inquire about or make observations regarding the following items when assessing whether the school is genuinely aligned with Montessori:
Montessori especially stressed the importance of the first 6 years in a person’s life as a period of tremendous learning capacity. She referred to this as the period of “the absorbent mind”. However, the Montessori education method is a holistic, child-centered approach that is used across primary and middle schools as well.
Education for the ages of 6-9 is developed as a continuation of the preschool curriculum. Some of the same materials are revisited with greater depth and many new materials are introduced. Psychologically there is great change in personality and drive at this stage, and the Montessori approach for this age group takes into account the child’s new found needs for socialization and a more profound capability for abstract thinking.
This is a period where core knowledge is built and the seeds that have been sown in the preschool environment have an opportunity to germinate into an incredible acquisition of knowledge. Independence and the pursuit of personal interests continues to be at the core.
Maria Montessori became the first female medical doctor in Italy upon completing her training in 1896. She focused on the therapy and treatment of children with special needs. Montessori started her first school in Rome in 1907 and later continued opening other schools to help socio-economically disadvantaged children realize their full potential. She used these schools as labs to improve her education method, making countless observations and performing scientific experiments.
It later became obvious that her methods would serve as effective tools that could be used in supporting the development and education of any child. Montessori then focused on improving her methods and increasing awareness around the world. She traveled around the world, opening many schools and publishing many scientific articles up to her death in 1952 at the age of 82.
Many principles of the Montessori philosophy can be employed at home and we will help provide families with tools to help their children to develop in the same way in their home. There are very basic concepts such as creating opportunities for independence with an accessible coat area, involving your children in cooking or other household tasks, and simplifying your child’s environment and play space, that can help your child to be happier, more confident and to develop self-discipline through freedom.
You can explore the following resources to help educate yourself and start using the Montessori approach at home:
Montessori schools have been around for more than a century so it is possible to identify many famous people who attended Montessori schools. Here are a few:
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