Montessori schools follow a method of teaching based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Conceptualized more than 100 years ago, it emphasizes and develops the potential of each child through the utilization of special teaching materials, a prepared environment, and teachers with a solid understanding of the philosophy who have been trained in the use of Montessori materials.
Montessori recognizes that children possess an innate curiosity and desire to learn; Montessori materials awaken this desire and channel the child's natural curiosity into an enjoyable learning experience. These didactic materials promote independence and are, for the most part, self-correcting, thus allowing children to progress at their own individual pace.
As a result, children who grasp concepts quickly are not held back, and ones who require more time do not become frustrated. The purpose of the material is to isolate a single concept and lead the child through a series of steps. A properly prepared Montessori classroom is replete with equipment encompassing subjects from math and language to geography, botany, and technology.
"To provide a nurturing Montessori community where the child's full potential is met in an integrated, interdisciplinary environment and where education is a valued preparation for life."
Montessori was also a great advocate for world peace, having lived through a number of worldwide conflicts during the 20th century. She strongly believed that the road to peace would be paved by our children. She felt that if a child's needs were met and they were expected to give and receive respect in a community such as their classroom or school, that respect would be carried forward with them into adulthood. Peace through education is a fundamental part of Montessori's philosophy.
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