“Parents who choose Montessori soon discover that it’s more than an educational philosophy or a teaching method. In essence, it’s a way of life.” -www.amshq.org
Montessori Education is based upon the research, observations and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. Dr. Montessori believed that a child’s development and natural learning abilities should direct his or her education. In following the child, the Montessori teacher is simply a “guide on the side, rather than a sage on the stage.” The carefully prepared Montessori environment represents freedom within boundaries, encouraging respect, independence, order, coordination and concentration. Classrooms are mixed age so that children in various planes of development are able to learn from one another while also working at their own pace. The Montessori materials are of particular importance as they are multi-sensory, creating a full and complete learning experience. Each material contains a point of interest to invoke the spirit and a control of error which enables children to enjoy exploration without teacher interference. The lessons, in three periods, introduce new concepts from whole to parts, concrete to abstract. In summary, Montessori Education is education of the whole child, by the child.
For more information, please visit the American Montessori Society.