Montessori Philosophy

What is a Montessori School?
  • Over 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian Physician, created a new vision of education for children, which is often thought of as the “education for life.” Montessori is a worldwide education system founded at the beginning of the century that is based upon a lifetime of research by Dr. Maria Montessori.

    Dr. Montessori’s philosophy is based on the natural development of children and their intrinsic desire to explore, discover, and learn from the world around them.

    To enter a Montessori school is to enter into a world specially prepared for the comfort and stimulation of the child. The classrooms are carefully designed environments where children of mixed ages work together or independently with multi-sensory materials that invite them to touch, to think, to experience. Children move freely around the classroom, are able to choose activities that interest them and are able to continue working with it until a sense of accomplishment is achieved. Before the child chooses another activity, materials are put back in place. With the freedom to choose, children develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-mastery.

    Because the Montessori classroom is child-centered, the Montessori teacher is seen as more of a facilitator than an instructor. The teacher serves as the link between the student and the learning environment, observing each child’s progress, and introducing the next step to enable the child to master a skill.

    • The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.

      Maria Montessori
    • The things he see are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.

      Maria Montessori
    • Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.

      Maria Montessori
    • The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.

      Maria Montessori
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