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Montessori Philosophy

What is Montessori?

The Montessori method* is an educational method for children, based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian educator in the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. The goal of Montessori is to provide a stimulating, child-centered environment in which children can explore sensorially and learn without fear, thus engendering a lifelong love of learning.

The Montessori philosophy is built upon a belief that children pass through different stages of development. Each stage defines how children best take in information. In the “absorbent mind stage,” a developmental period from birth to around age six, children possess limitless motivation to achieve competence within their environment and to perfect skills and understandings. In this period, children best take in concrete information sensorially. Montessori also believes that children rely on an internal drive to adapt to their time, place and group.

The Montessori philosophy recognizes that children work and think differently than adults, and emphasizes self-directed activity on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of movement in absorbing concepts and practical skills. 

The Montessori philosophy is a highly hands-on approach to learning, and encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. Children choose among the sections of a well-structured and well-equipped classroom including Practical Life (fine and gross motor skill development), Sensorial (sensory and brain development), Language, Math, Geography, Science, and Art. The role of a teacher is to introduce children to materials and then remain a quiet, guiding presence in the classroom, upholding the belief that children learn best through discovery.

* Source: Wikipedia

        "Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself,
        reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is 
from a sense of independence."    
                                                                          - Maria Montessori