What is Montessori?
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. Through her work with children and study of children’s learning capabilities, she developed a complete educational program for infants through secondary school that allows children to maximize their learning potentials.
Through her observations and interactions with children, Dr. Montessori saw that children of all ages seek answers to large questions about the universe, their place in it, the human purpose, and issues of social justice. She created an integrated curriculum that provides children with opportunities to expand and explore in a hands -on learning environment. That method has continued to be proven to be a superior process of education for all ages and is practiced and well-respected throughout the world. It is an educational method that prepares children for life and society, as well as for academic success through the natural development of a keen thirst for continued knowledge and growth.
Dr. Montessori explains the positive effects of such a powerful process of Montessori Education in her book, The Absorbent Mind. She cited it as “the most important single result of our wholework“. She observed that when children are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they blossom. After a period of intense concentration, working with materials that fully engage their interest, children appear to be refreshed and contented. Through continued concentrated work of their own choice, children grow in inner discipline and peace.
E.M. Standing in, Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, lists the learned characteristics as: love of order, love of work, spontaneous concentration, attachment to reality, love of silence and of working alone, sublimation of the possessive instinct, power to act from real choice, obedience, independence and initiative, spontaneous self-discipline, and joy.
The Montessori Method of education provides an experience rich environment for children of all ages, races, backgrounds, and beliefs to fully maximize their life potential, their mind, and their impact on the world around them. Montessori educated children reach the level of self actualization necessary for continued success within all their future possibilities.