Pedagogy & educational aims
Our schools are based on the principles of the Montessori pedagogy with the objective to accompany the child along his/her learning process through a gradual, serene journey of discovery and a total, positive individual self-assertion.
The foreseen objectives aim at the achievement of
- self-reliance and confidence: awareness of one's own abilities, growth and development of one's own potentials
- socialization, collaboration and inclusion
- motivation to learn: encouragement to be curious and to explore
- enhancement of the ability to get information and use it in different contexts
- divergent thinking: examination of the problem through individual and diverse approaches leading to the formulation of different hypotheses and solutions
- analysis of the mistakes and self-correction
- autonomy: development of critical abilities and independence from the teacher and the adult in general.Indispensable for the child is the constant reference to experience
According to the Montessori methodology experience is not just meant as doing, though as conscious doing. Through the use of specific tools present in the classroom the child can experiment initially the discovery of the hand/mind connections, then he/she can refine the movements, and finally can in the various teaching subjects and become an active subject in the learning process. This is called active experimentation. Active experimentation is achieved through some simple steps: reflecting, becoming aware, comparing facts and actions to previous personal or others' experiences, debating what is likely to be true, final assertion. From the freedom of mind will emerge the discipline endowing the child with the instruments to face life with responsibility. Qualified teachers work with care for the child and attention to all his/her aspects giving value to both the learning curriculum and to the harmonious development of his/her personality. The educational offer within the curriculum aims to highlight the individuality and "uniqueness" of each child so that he/she can best express himself/herself and valorize his/her own abilities and competencies.The continuous exchange among pupils, teachers, parents and pedagogist is indispensable to the implementation of the project.
We are honored to have learnt and keep learning directly from
- Grazia Honegger Fresco, direct student of Maria Montessori and author of many Montessori’s books
- Raniero Regni, Opera Montessori Trainer, author of several educational books
- Paola Collina, Opera Montessori Trainer
- Laura Simonetti, Centro Nascita Montessori trainer