What is Montessori?

MariaM1913Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.

The internationally acclaimed Montessori method is now over 100 years old. Each child’s work is truly to play – in new ways to explore, and in old ways to reassure. Our low student-teacher ratio allows our staff to always be ready to support, to teach, to comfort, to guide, to challenge, and to love. Our children are given relaxed time and consistent opportunity to be what they are – loving, growing, and learning.

Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies as they unfold in “prepared environments” ” for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-14).

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative ” materials for development” that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning*.

Referenced from:
http://www.montessori-namta.org/namta/geninfo/whatismont.html

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