Principal: Mrs Victoria Jackson (Montessori Diploma)

The Montessori Method

The Montessori method is a teaching environment that involves creating an educational curriculum that stems from the individual child′s natural inner guidance. This expresses itself in outward behaviour as the child′s many individual interests steer their own workflow.

By supporting the inner plan of nature, the Montessori method provides a range of materials to stimulate the child through self directed activities. From 0-6 years (Known as the first plane of development), these materials are organised into five basic learning categories: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, and culture. Other categories of education include geography (a child′s spacial awareness), history (a child′s awareness of themself in time), and science (a child′s interaction with the natural world).

Application of Montessori

Applying the Montessori Method involves the teacher (also known as directordirectress, or guide) viewing each child as having their own inner natural guidance for his or her own self-directed development.

A teacher′s role is therefore to observe over the learning environment and to remove any obstacles that may interfere with the child′s natural development. This sometimes includes experimental interactions with children to demonstrate how to use various self-teaching materials that are provided for the child′s free use.

The Learning Environment

In a Montessori nursery, a lesson is simply an experimental interaction with the children to aid and support their true normal development. The primary aim is to present the lesson materials basic use to children according to their own individual interests.

These lessons are given in such a way that the teacher′s involvement is reduced to the absolute minimum, so as not to interfere with the children′s personal free learning directly through the materials themselves.

Further Information

For further information on Chrysalis Montessori Nursery School, Rainton, North Yorkshire, including available placements and possible funding, Please contact the Principal, Victoria Jackson on 07841705171

For more information on the Montessori Method of education, there is a wealth of information about Montessori on Wikipedia and The Montessori Charity.