What is Montessori?
Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) is a comprehensive educational approach based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures and diverse backgrounds all around the world. Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies as they unfold in a “prepared environment” for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-14). The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative materials for development that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice.
The Montessori classroom has five distinct areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Cultural (geography, zoology, botany). The children decide the pace and direction of the curriculum under the guidance of a trained teacher. Children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials and cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” -Maria Montessori