About Montessori

The Montessori method or philosophy was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Born in 1870, she became the first woman in Italy to earn a medical degree. During her work, first with developmentally delayed children and later with normal children, she had extensive opportunities to study how children learn and, as a result, developed an educational method which differed dramatically from educational principles of the early 20th century.

Dr. Montessori observed that children learn naturally about themselves and their world through exploration and discovery. From their inception, Montessori schools have had material and methods designed specifically to encourage this natural learning and to help children become self-motivated, independent learners for life.

Montessori schools seek to provide a balanced curriculum in practical life skills, sensory ability, mathematics, language, science, geography, computer study, music and the cultural arts.

Montessori materials arouse children's spontaneous interest, providing a concentration on tasks that, because it is natural and self-generated, promotes independent learning. Children are free to move about in an environment prepared for independent, multi-sensory learning

Watch this short video for more information about Montessori Education

Montessori: A Special Alternative - by Gail M. Supanich, M.Ed.
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