What is Montessori
In 1907, Dr. Maria Montessori developed an educational model based on her observations of how children learn. She observed that children have “natural learning tendencies” and when placed in an environment with developmental materials, they engage in learning activities of their own choice. Under the guidance of a formally trained Montessori teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials. They cultivate concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning.
The Montessori classroom is a “prepared environment” where the child is free to discover, learn and understand concepts that develop the lifelong learner.
The materials,scientifically developed by Montessori, are arranged by subject on child-size shelves and invite the child to interact with them. Through this interaction with the materials, classmates and adults children are able to reach their intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical potential.