With regard to the child, education should correspond to them, so that instead of dividing the schools into nursery, primary, secondary and university, we should divide education in planes and each of these should correspond to the phase the
developing individuality goes through.
~Dr. Maria Montessori
What is Montessori Education?
Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity and hands-on learning. In the Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to participate in selecting their lessons while teachers present age appropriate lessons to guide the child in this selection process. The lessons in the Montessori environment are presented to the individual child or in small groups. Children learn to collaborate with each other to explore, discover, and analyze the world.
The Montessori classroom environment is beautifully designed to entice the child and to meet the needs of the specific age range. Every Montessori learning material in the classroom is designed to support an aspect of child development. Marrying the child’s natural interests with readily available activities, provide the space for the child to develop to their greatest potential.
In the Montessori environment children indirectly develop
- functional independence, task persistence, and self-regulation
- respect for themselves, others, and the environment
- an understanding of safe and natural consequences
- sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding
- imaginative exploration leading to confident and creative self-expression