Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the great pioneers in the study of young children and their intellectual and social development. Her teaching methods are well established and widely used throughout the world.
Montessori's methods are based on the principle that children learn best through self-motivated activity and experiences within a structured environment. Teachers are directors and facilitators rather than prescribers. They aim to bring out what is potentially within each child to his or her unique, optimum intellectual, moral and social level.
She also discovered that in a prepared, structured environment, children develop a love of order, a love of independence and freedom to choose and concentrate, a love of working alone as well as with others, non-possessiveness, self-discipline, co-operation with peers and adults alike, respect for themselves, others and their environment and, last but not least...a sense of joy in learning.
The Montessori environment is holistic, child-centred and vertically grouped (caters for mixed ages and abilities).
In our structured Montessori environment children feel secure, safe and socially confident and therefore settle quickly and easily into their new schools.
Oxford Multilingual Montessori is a "home from home" where children are happy to come because it’s “their place”. It is where they know they are listened to and their opinion is valued and encouraged. It is a place where they are responsible for themselves, others around them and their classroom. It is where all their achievements, however small, are celebrated with genuine pride and joy: “I can put on my own shoes”.
The happiness they feel when they overcome a challenge for the first time is contagious and makes you want to be there for each new step they take.
"Teach me to teach myself...where I can be independent, where I can learn and enjoy every step of my learning journey".
If you combine the Montessori approach with our multilingual environment, the results are very impressive. Planning for individual children, taking into account their interests, their needs, their cultures and background, including the needs of those learning English as an additional language, ensures that each child receives an enjoyable and challenging experience across the areas of learning.