At The Little Lotus, we believe in the holistic development of children. We are committed to providing an authentic and progressive Montessori education in a warm, stimulating, and nurturing environment.
The Little Lotus is founded on three main pillars. The first is the Montessori philosophy.
By upholding the philosophy developed by Maria Montessori, the goal of our school’s early childhood programs is to encourage each child’s own natural desire to learn by implementing child-led teaching. Children are guided by qualified and experienced teachers as they discover the world around them. The children learn at their own, individual pace and according to their choice of activities from numerous possibilities, not by force or a pre-selected course of studies.
At our school, we acknowledge children are individuals who differ from each other, and must be respected. The children are treated with care, love, respect, and given adequate attention in a proper, well prepared learning environment, and we aim to build self-confidence in them.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.
Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognises that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualised learning plan.
Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.
Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be.
Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognising, correcting, and learning from their errors.
Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.