Tanya
Level 8 in Montessori Education

I have 22 years of experience in teaching. Having Master’s Degree in English Philology I worked as an English teacher in Secondary School. When I got married and gave birth to my daughter Daria (now 12 years) I became a stayed-at-home mom and spent full time with my daughter. I got interested in Early Childhood Education. Montessori method really amazed me and. I discovered that working with preschoolers, teaching them and observing their development using Montessori methods is that, what I love and want to do professionally.

When my second child came to this world in 2009 I decided to take a post graduate studies in Montessori Education. In 2010 I received Higher Diploma (Level 8) in Early Childhood Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College in Dun Laoghaire. I am qualified First Aider, and completed other child development related courses. Working with kids is my passion and my pre-school is run strictly to methods developed by Maria Montessori.

I am devoted to helping each child achieve his or her potential and develop a lifelong love of learning. An attractive and orderly prepared environment, unique learning materials, and special way of viewing and teaching the child are essential parts of education.

In my classroom I try to act as a source of guidance and gentle direction. Whether the child is ready to learn how to tie shoes, how to differentiate shades of colour, how to read sounds, or how to understand the decimal system, the child determines the major educational direction. While the children develop inner direction and discipline, I provide freedom within limits.

Although acceleration of learning may occur with Montessori education, it’s a by-product rather than the goal. The goal is to provide carefully prepared conditions which foster love of learning, independence, self-discipline, and a joyous response to life. The manner in which subjects are taught is one which simply meets the child’s need for knowledge and self-development.

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