What is a Montessori Education?
The Montessori Method of education was developed over a hundred years ago by the renowned physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori. Innovative and daring in its time, the Montessori Method could not be more fitting in ours. Montessori children are known for strong academics, independence, leadership, initiative, creativity, and self-discipline. Google the term “famous Montessori students” and delight in a list that includes many of today’s top entrepreneurs, artists, and civic figures.
Trained as a pediatrician and psychiatrist, Dr. Montessori developed her educational method over a period of about 30 years, systematically studying the interaction between child and environment. With proven insights, she created an alternative approach to education, one that revolves around the child’s natural curiosity and developmental stage. The detailed and comprehensive compilation of philosophical, curricular, and material elements comprise the Montessori Method practiced by Montessori schools around the globe.
At a Montessori school, teacher, environment, and child form a learning triangle. The classroom, meticulously organized with Montessori learning materials, is designed to allow movement and collaboration. Teachers guide rather than instruct, encouraging independence, sense of order, and freedom within limits. Mixed-age classrooms foster peer learning and cultivate leadership among older students.
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