The Montessori system of education develops the whole child. Dr Montessori formulated her approach to education through her observation of the child. She believed that every child had a spontaneous urge to learn. It is the teacher’s task is to discover the true nature of each child, assist them to reach their full potential and to prepare them in all aspects of life.
The environment at Beehive, both indoors and outdoors, is carefully prepared so that each child can take from it what they need to learn and develop at their own pace. By allowing them to choose the activities which interest them the most we stimulate natural curiosity and a keen interest to learn. This also encourages the children to develop self-discipline negating the need for motivation through punishments and rewards.
The “Practical Life Area”
Providing our children, the opportunity to perform tasks with familiar objects such as sweeping, polishing, pouring, preparing food etc has been proved to help them become more co-ordinated, confident and independent. It definitely improves and develops their concentration as well!
The “Sensorial Life Area”
It has been scientifically proven that the more we learn experimentally through our senses, rather than by rote, the more we actually retain. The sensorial area allows children to understand their environment, while learning through the exploration of their senses. The seeds of history, geography, science, maths, language and nature study as well as a love of learning are sown here at a pre-school level, while a child is in their sensitive formative years and is able to absorb knowledge easily. At this age, a child’s mind is like a sponge and with creative stimulation they can be encouraged to learn a multitude of subjects. As in all areas of life balance is needed: art and music are an integral part of the Beehive learning programme, providing both learning and fun.