What is the Montessori Method?
The Montessori method of education is based on a philosophy and pedagogy set out more than 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome. Her dynamic theories of education stemmed from her observations and experience with young children in Italy in the early 1900's.
The Montessori Method of Education:
- emphasizes the development of the potential of each individual child
- takes place in a nurturing child-centered community
- builds upon the child's interests and encourages him/her to explore and discover
- exposes a child to a rich broad-based, developmental curriculum
- occurs in a mixed-age classroom which offers an opportunity for peer mentoring, collaborative work and social interaction
- is guided by a specially trained Montessori teacher
- aims to help the child develop confidence and self-esteem, a joy and enthusiasm for learning, and a sense of care and respect for others
The Montessori method has withstood the test of time and today is considered a premier alternative learning program. Children who have attended a Montessori school are more confident in their abilities, motivated to achieve new levels of knowledge and have a love of learning.
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