What is the Montessori Method?
“It is not true,” says Dr. Montessori, “that I invented what is called the Montessori Method. I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”
Education is not something which the teacher does, instead it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the child and adult. It is not acquired by listening to words, but through experiences in which the child acts on in his environment.
The Montessori Method prepares an environment made for encouraging each child’s natural gifts to develop. For children under the age of 3, there is no need to have lessons in order to learn as they simply absorb everything in the environment by experiencing it and being part of it. This highlights the importance of preparing the environment as good, positive, safe and comforting – this is what the children will absorb. Children 3 years and older are able to acquire a great number of concepts through their own activity with their learning environment.
“To teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.” Maria Montessori
Benefits of Montessori
Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.
Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.