WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
Montessori is an educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It was her belief that all children have a natural desire to learn. Their abilities to absorb information at certain “sensitive periods” of learning are enhanced when a child is exposed to a variety of Montessori learning materials. The opportunity for each child to grow and develop as individuals is the main focus of a Montessori Program.
The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. Montessori is also designed to:
- help children with their task of self-construction
- allow each child’s inner pathways to freely guide them toward wholesome growth
- provide a prepared environment which fosters satisfaction in learning
- help children think independently
- stimulate a child’s curiosity
- allow each child to develop at his/her own pace
- prepare each child for academic readiness
- teach children a sense of respect for others and authority
- build a child’s self-esteem
- meet the needs of the children and appeal to their interests
- challenge a child’s potential
- promote joyful learning
- imprint a lifelong love of learning
Montessori is a philosophy of education. It has been tried and proven for over one hundred years. Dr. Maria Montessori developed this “new education” based on her scientific observations of children. She established that children possess an intrinsic desire to explore, discover, and learn about their environment, and that they learn best in a supportive, home-like setting.
In 1907, Maria Montessori opened her first school “Casa de Bambini” or Children’s House, and began developing the very special learning environment, materials and methods that have been enhanced over the years to educate and challenge children and prepare them so well for later life experiences.