WHY MONTESSORI

For years, the Montessori system of education has churned out one famous achiever after another across diverse fields – Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founders of Google), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize winner for Literature), Julia Child (author, chef, TV show host), Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (singer), George Clooney (actor), Will Wright (video game pioneer), Anne Frank (author, diarist from WW II), Peter Drucker (management guru), Joshua Bell (American violinist), Katherine Graham (former owner-editor of The Washington Post) – and many others.

What is it about the Montessori system that helped these personalities achieve global recognition? More importantly, what is it about the Montessori system that helped these personalities shape their lives in a manner that helped not just themselves, but the world they live in as well?

It is the three Montessori basics that focus on teaching a child not just how to be a better individual, but also how to contribute better to the world he lives in – The Cosmic Plan, The Five Great Lessons and The Eight Intelligences.

Cosmic Plan

Cosmic education is an overall Montessori approach to education. It involves helping children to develop an awareness, that everything in the universe is connected & interdependent, forming a harmonious whole and that they themselves are part of & contribute to that whole. – NAMC

The Five Great Lessons

The five great lessons are a series of five stories that give students an understanding of the grand topics of the universe, the earth and life on earth. These stories inspire, entertain and spark imagination. Students learn how everything in this world is interconnected. They are able to place their life & problems in the grand scheme of the universe, reflect on it and nurture the essence of spirituality.

  • Lesson 1: The beginning of the universe
  • Lesson 2: Life comes on earth
  • Lesson 3: Humans come on earth
  • Lesson 4: How writing began
  • Lesson 5: How numbers began

The Eight Intelligences

Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences states that there are eight different ‘modalities’ of intelligence that every individual possesses. The Montessori approach to education nurtures each intelligence distinctly, and empowers its young learners diversely rather than traditionally restricting them to one modality of learning.

MUSICAL RHYTHMIC

MUSICAL RHYTHMIC

It forms an important base for learning, understanding and expression. Sound boxes, Montessori bells and games involving rhythm & body movement, make little ears sensitive to changes in tone and pitch.

VISUAL SPATIAL

VISUAL SPATIAL

This area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind’s eye. It enables remembering images, faces and fine details. Spatial intelligence is nurtured through activities like walking on the line, finding balance, memory games, activities, etc.

VERBAL-LINGUISTIC

VERBAL-LINGUISTIC

Storytelling and reading books encourage a flair for words & listening skills. Language skills are strengthened right from the beginning using object boxes & games, to the Elementary level where students read biographies and write reports.

LOGICAL-MATHEMATICAL

LOGICAL-MATHEMATICAL

The Montessori math material develops the logical-mathematical sense and ensures logical thinking, reasoning and critical thinking. Each material helps to develop eye-hand coordination, concentration, and knowledge of operations through hands-on-activities before the child reaches abstraction.

BODY-KINESTHETIC

BODY-KINESTHETIC

These skills are fostered from an early stage by encouraging movement (walking, picking-up, placing-down, etc.) and other activities that are directed towards refinement of gross & fine motor skills.

INTERPERSONAL

INTERPERSONAL

The core of the Elementary Montessori curriculum is formed by these skills. Students plan and organize field trips and school events, take part in community service projects, and group presentations themselves involve team work at all levels.

INTRAPERSONAL

INTRAPERSONAL

Soft Skills program and Cosmic Education curriculum focuses on nurturing intrapersonal skills. By the end of Elementary, each child has the ability to look within himself and manage feelings & conflicts peacefully. Activities like yoga and meditation help in the same.

NATURALIST

NATURALIST

This intelligence deals with observing, understanding and being able to classify things in the natural environment (plants & animals). Zoology & Botany classes in the school garden, exposure to real animals, field trips, intense and focused class room discussions & journals, enhance this skill.