Montessori is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. The Method is characterized by seeing all children as they truly are. Montessori provides an emphasis on independence, concentration, freedom within limits, and respect for the child’s natural psychological development. The goal is to guide the fulfillment of the child to their highest potential - emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
Currently, Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old from all different backgrounds.
Montessori focuses on these key elements:
- Students may choose from a series of activities, from within a prescribed range of options, in an uninterrupted block of time
- multi-age classrooms, where children can learn and interact with others.
- A discovery model, where students learn concepts from working with Montessori materials, rather than a led instruction.
- Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
"The Montessori classroom is a lot like a busy beehive filled with individual and small grouped activity. Children move freely about the classroom choosing a material from one of the specially designed areas of study. Upon completion of the "work," the child cleans-up, replaces the activity back on the shelf, and starts the process over again with another material. This all happens within an uninterrupted block of time in a fully prepared environment built especially for them!" - Lily Spencer, Executive Director CLMS
Watch this short video for a little more information on the Montessori Method of Education!