The Montessori method treats each child as an individual. Dr. Maria Montessori considered that children develop at different speeds and should be given the opportunity to develop at their own pace.
Dr. Montessori developed a philosophy stating that each child is a unique individual and that we need to accommodate their needs. Maria Montessori was a Italian Doctor. She was a trained physician whose initial research involved observing children in a psychiatric facility. Most people thought these children were wild and uncontrollable. However, further research led Dr. Montessori to discover that these supposed wild children suffered from a lack of stimulation and were merely starved of wanting to work with materials. Her conclusion was that these wild unruly children were bored, acting out because they lacked stimulation. Giving them things to do to engage their mind not only improved their behavior, but it also improved their learning. With a little guidance and healthy motivation, children could take control of their own environment.
In a Montessori classroom the teacher sets up the environment. The teacher guides the child to the lesson. The children then work at their own pace.
Emphasis is not placed on finishing something within a certain amount of time, but on the expectation of completion.That is the ability to complete the task.
Dr. Montessori believes that learning happens through all 5 senses. She called this the "Absorbent mind ". So she developed special material to actively challenge young children through the sense of touch, smell, sight, sound and taste. This requires the child to physically experience Montessori has highly developed rules on how to use Montessori material.
Another Montessori innovation is the sand paper letters and numbers. Children first learn to trace letters and also learn the sound of letters before they actually learn the names of letter.
Many of the Montessori materials are color coded to represent certain meaning and values. For example this could be used to represent mathematical quantities.
Montessori also teaches practical like skills such as dressing themselves, washing hands, blowing their nose, moving chairs, cleaning a table, setting a table, preparing food and much more.
Children are encouraged to work independently and chart their course of development. This independence helps children develop their inner compass or what is called the " Self regulatory mechanism ". Children can freely choose an activity that will interest them, but it must be from the special material available within the classroom. These materials are available in the open and easily in view so that children can readily gain access to them. However, they must completely work through the lesson for each material.
In a Montessori class, children of different ages and ability are mixed together. Children like to learn from one another and teach one another. The younger children often like to be taught by the older children and the older child likes to guide and teach the younger child.
IMM Montessori Myanmar is owned by partners, who together have over 40 years of experience running successful Montessori preschools. Our objective is to provide a quality Montessori program in an atmosphere of love and care at a reasonable cost. We understand the needs of busy parents, the demands of work and family and above all the challenges facing young families.
This custom built facility was taken over by IMM, completely refurbished over a period of six months and stocked with new Montessori materials from overseas. Because we started from the ground up, we took the opportunity to design new systems and procedures that help us reduce costs and offer great value to parents.
We are located in the green surroundings of yangon. It is set on more than 1,000 square meters with all the facilities for learning and playing. IMM is registered as an International Kindergarten.
The Montessori method is scientifically proven over 100 years to exponentially increase a child's capacity and appetite for learning. Our specially designed classrooms and unique Montessori equipment enables us to provide carefully structured learning experiences in our library, Montessori room, art centre, indoor gym or music room that will serve your children for the rest of their lives.
Through practical life skills we teach children to explore, create, build, touch, listen and watch with confidence. We encourage children to have an enquiring mind and to grow through physical, mental, emotional and social development.