Montessori Education

Montessori Education

Maria Montessori Method
Founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method relies on a carefully designed educational setting that allows a child to develop fully based on his or her readiness. Children learn at their own rate regardless of chronological age.

Montessori classrooms encourage children to work together in classes that span three ages, typically 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12. The atmosphere is calm, noncompetitive and industrious, encouraging self-confidence, cooperation, responsibility, and a deep love of learning.

Dr. Maria Montessori observed young children in Italy in the early 1900s and developed a child-centered curriculum that is now implemented and celebrated around the world.

Montessori has come to mean education for life that evolves from a child's use of all his or her senses in the learning process. Designed for the children's manipulation and experimentation, Montessori materials promote independence and creativity.

Specialized tools allow the child to proceed at his or her own pace. Some children may begin to read at age four; others will incubate longer and “explode” into reading at five-and-a-half or six.

Helen Keller, inspired by Dr. Montessori, wrote; “Children will educate themselves under the right conditions. They require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.”

To learn more about the theory and methods of Montessori education, visit the Association Montessori International’s web site.