Our Montessori and Waldorf Influences

October 27, 2015

Our Montessori and Waldorf Influences

 

We have incorporated key values from both Montessori and Waldorf educational approaches into the play space.

  • Open-Ended play elements: let your child’s imagination run wild, which leads to new discoveries!
  • Child- Led play: let your child lead the way by choosing activities that interest him/her.
  • Mixed Ages: birth to 5 years old
  • Uninterrupted time : stay for as long as you like
  • We focus on Social and emotional development.

 

 

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Although a range of practices exists under the name “Montessori”, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:[2][3]

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common
  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours
  • A constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
  • Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
  • Freedom of movement within the classroomSource: Wikipedia

 

 
Waldorf (Steiner) education is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. The pedagogy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils.

 

Steiner’s division of child development into three major stages is reflected in the schools’ approach to early childhood education, which focuses on practical, hands-on activities and creative play; to elementary education, which focuses on developing artistic expression and social capacities; and to secondary education, which focuses on developing critical reasoning and empathic understanding. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence. Individual teachers and schools have a great deal of autonomy in determining curriculum content, teaching methodology and governance.

 

 

Source: Wikipedia