The educational method of Doctor Maria Montessori, an Italian teacher and humanist (1870-1952), is based on self-directed activity and hands-on learning in a specially prepared environment
Montessori Infant Community is a beautiful, peaceful, happy place designed to meet the developmental needs of the child
We are going full-time in August 2013!
The first 3 years of life of the child is a crucial time for self-construction as a person of his/her time and place –a time to build 2 basic trusts: trust in self and trust in the environment.
All human beings regardless of their race, religion, social status are born with universal human tendencies – natural inclinations which help us to adapt and transform the environment: exploration, orientation, order, communication, manipulation, self-perfection, abstraction and imagination, group life and spiritual needs (art, music, dance, religion). In the Montessori Infant Community these tendencies are satisfied through specially prepared environment.
Infant community Montessori
Montessori method came to Finland in the 70’s of the XX century. The first Montessori group was established in 1979 in Espoo. Private kindergartens and Montessori groups were founded in 80’s by the public and private organizations’ initiative. For a long time there were prejudices that this method was created specially for children with disabilities and special needs. In the 90’s the right to choose teachers was legalized, so Montessori method became widely spread. First private commercial Montessori kindergarten in Finland appeared at the same time. During the next years, the Montessori system became increasingly popular in Finland.
Montessori system strives to maximize the children’s abilities without violence against their personalities. Montessori Infant Community in Helsinki supports the development of the child’s body and spirit. "Help me do it by myself!" is the motto of Montessori pedagogy. In our English kindergarten in Helsinki the child satisfies his natural curiosity and explores the world around him.