What is the Montessori Method of Education?
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.
Benefits of Montessori Education
Montessori students learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.
Sistaer Maria Montessori
Founder of Montessori System.
Dr. Maria Montessori founded a theory of education that has had a profound influence on the lives of thousands of children throughout the world since the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Montessori Method is an approach to education used predominantly in the pre-school field. It is also used at the Junior, Middle and Senior levels. From being rather obscure and elitist, the method has now been widely adopted and there are now well over five thousand Montessori schools in North America, one thousand schools in the United Kingdom and several more thousand throughout the world.
The Montessori approach to education requires that children are placed in a well-planned and structured environment which will meet their individual educational and cultural needs. The children are free to follow their own interests within this planned environment, rather than being forced to learn something that is inappropriate to their developmental stage. The result is that children develop in a natural way and are highly motivated. They develop good discipline and master basic skills, and in many cases earlier than in a more traditional system of education. To bring about these results the teacher is trained in specific skills, the curriculum is carefully planned to reflect the children’s own culture and educational needs, the support materials for the curriculum are specifically Montessori and the outcomes for the children are unique.