Over 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed a method of educating children that focused on the whole child approach to learning. She determined that children are hardwired to learn, and that the environment around them can facilitate that learning. In Montessori Education, the classroom layout, the materials used, and the emphasis on self-directed learning all contribute to addressing the child’s needs, while providing an environment where learning takes place at that child’s speed and natural developmental level. Education the Montessori way is about the whole child and makes learning a source of joy.
A Profound Old New Idea
Education the Montessori Way
Montessori Education is a whole child approach to learning that uses natural learning styles, natural development, and the individual’s desire to learn in order to facilitate education.
Dr. Maria Montessori: Her New Method
Observation to Practice
Dr. Maria Montessori spent time observing children’s natural development and how they learn. From this observation came the Montessori Method – learning based on environment and natural development.
The Whole Child Approach
Learning Tailored to the Child
Montessori education is also known as the whole child developmental approach to learning. This style of education focuses on teaching a child how to learn and how to function in the world at large.
How This Works…
Montessori Prepared Environment
The Montessori Classroom and Materials
A Montessori classroom is designed specifically for learning as are the materials children use daily. Tasks and materials focus on developing one skill at a time. Once a skill is mastered, more can be added to it.
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What Experts Say About Montessori
About Montessori Students and the Montessori Mafia
Montessori students have gained the reputation throughout the world as innovators. See what experts have to say about Montessori Education and about what students of the Montessori Method have done.
See What Experts Say…
Famous Montessori Students
Students of the Montessori Method that Made it Big
A number of Montessori students have gone on to be giants in the tech world, actors and actresses, inventors, and even royalty are among Montessori alum. Take a look at some of Montessori’s most famous students.