The Importance of Early Childhood Education
Dr. Montessori wrote “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed. But only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers… At no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection.”
Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, humanitarian, and the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School. Dr. Montessori initially devised her teaching philosophy in 1896 while working with special needs children in the Psychiatric Department at the University of Rome. After her years of research, she observed that effective learning can happen in an enriched environment that offered interactive yet independent learning opportunities. Her ideology was based on the principle that every human being is created with a unique potential that needs to be discovered, developed and applied at an early age. Her philosophy is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.
At DAVM we follow the Montessori philosophy and provide a caring and nurturing environment which fosters the development of the whole child. Our program is divided into different levels – Transition class (2.5 yrs -4yrs.), Preschool class (3yrs -5yrs.), KG & First Grade (5yrs.-7yrs.). 2nd to 5th Grades (Elementary class) follows the traditional system of education.