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WHY MONTESSORI?

I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at different educational models and best practices and I continue to be struck by just how progressive-and effective-Montessori style education really is.
About one Hundred years ago, Maria Montessori got it right. She had the foresight to see what wasn’t working with traditional education. This is the reason she said if a child cannot learn the way we teach, perhaps we should teach them the way they can learn. Montessori is a method of education based on the observation, method and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. This method of education focuses on the development of the total child in all areas of life and supports the idea that children posses an innate desire to explore, discover and learn.
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Meet Maria Montessori
About Maria Montessori

The Montessori method of learning was developed about One hundred years ago by the renowned physician and educator Dr Maria Montessori. Innovative and daring in its time, the Montessori method could not be more fitting in ours. Montessori children are known for strong academics, independence, initiative, creativity ans self discipline. Google the term ‘famous Montessori students’ and delight in a list that includes many of today’s top entrepreneurs, artists and civic figures.
Trained as a pediatrician and psychiatrist, Dr. Montessori developed her educational method over a period of 30 years, systematically studying the interaction between child and the environment. With proven insights, she created and alternative approach to education, one that revolves around the child’s natural curiosity and developmental stage. The detailed and comprehensive compilation of philosophical, curricular and material elements comprise the Montessori method practiced by Montessori schools around the globe.

“The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn” states the american Montessori society. At a Montessori school, teacher, environment and child form a triangle. The classroom, meticulously organized with Montessori learning materials, is designed to allow movement and collaboration. Teachers guide rather than instruct, encouraging independence, sense of order and freedom within limits.. Mix-age classrooms foster peer learning and cultivate leadership among older pupils.

To learn more about the Montessori method and Montessori education we recommend visiting the American Montessori society or the Montessori Foundation.