Montessori Method


A basic foundation of the Montessori Philosophy is that carried unseen within each child, is the person that child can become.  To develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, children must have freedom — a freedom achieved through order and self-discipline.  
In a Montessori environment, children gain mastery of self and their environment.

Dr. Maria Montessori developed the concept of the prepared environment.  The Montessori Directress provides an ordered arrangement of self-correcting learning materials in a non-competitive atmosphere that helps children develop at their own pace.

Dr. Montessori recognized that self-motivation is the most powerful impulse to long-term learning.  Children move themselves to learning.  The teacher prepares the environment, presents the materials, functions as the reference person, offers the child stimulation, and monitors the child’s progression through the materials.  It is the child who learns, motivated by the work itself.

Montessori children learn joyfully because they have acquired an inner discipline from working in an environment characterized by both physical and mental order.  This inner discipline is fostered through a mutual respect for others in the class.  These are the basic principles of Montessori’s philosophy.  Habits of concentration, orderly thought, independence, and thoroughness established in early childhood produce a confident and competent learner.  Montessori environments teach children to observe, to think, and to respect.  Montessori introduces children to the joy of learning, providing a framework in which intellectual and social disciplines go hand in hand.


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