Who or What is “Montessori”
What is “The Montessori Method”?
The Montessori Method, founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a proven educational method for children that emphasizes the ways in which the absorbent minds of young children learn—at their own pace—by adapting to the prepared environment and from their own experiences by exploring, observing, and discovering the environment.
The role of a teacher—often called a director or directress—is to provide the appropriate environment so that children can work to perfect themselves using the environment as the means. A teacher stands ready to provide the guidance and support to bring the very best in children. The method teaches adults to respect the individual differences and focuses on developing the whole personality rather than teaching specific contents of an academic curriculum. The materials provided by the environment play a significant part. They help children explore, learn, and play with them enthusiastically. The specially designed materials work as catalyst in their learning process. The Montessori Method of education is effective in serving the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability. Children live and learn in a natural mixed-age group environment which mirrors how they will live in as adults.
Sites for additional information:
The International Montessori Index - www.montessori.edu
The Montessori Foundation - www.montessori.org
American Montessori Society - www.amshq.org