The Montessori method and philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago remain a highly effective educational system for our children today. Montessori classrooms provide prepared classroom environments wherein children are able to develop independence. They learn to take care of themselves and their environments. Montessori Guides (teachers) have extraordinary observation skills; they guide their children rather than handing down instructions. The Guides exercise patience and respect as the children explore and interact with the environment around them, which is filled with opportunities for learning across all fundamental areas: mathematics, botany, geography, geometry, language, and practical life.
The Montessori method meets the needs of children because Montessori Guides provide individualized lessons to teach children to the best of each child’s potential. The Guide and the prepared environment empower the students to develop confidence. Academic concepts are presented methodically and the children have the ability to practice over and over with the materials until they are able to master the concept and fully integrate it into their individual learning style. This careful and intentional process for growth fosters deeper meaning in each lesson.
The Montessori method allows for and cultivates the child’s inquisitive and curious nature. As a result, the child’s knowledge is intrinsically more powerful, and they gain more and more confidence and independence in their educational journey, instilling an important self-initiated desire to learn.
The Montessori approach is known for its long history, the success of its graduates, and the very fact that it makes learning so fun for students of all ages. Students look forward to going to school. Rather than being indiscriminately made to fit in a standard behavioral pattern, Montessori students are allowed to interact, move around, engage physically with their environment, and communicate their experiences throughout the school day. This however does not translate to a lack of discipline. Instead, the Montessori student learns control and productivity as they are guided to channel, leverage, and engage their learning needs. The nature of the Montessori educational method is to nurture and inspire the spirit of students, guide them to excel in development, and honor the flourishing of each unique individual.
What is Montessori – American Montessori Society
Association Montessori International
Introduction to Montessori Education – North American Montessori Teacher’s Association