Montessori is the method of education which
allows the child to achieve his highest potential.
Dr. Montessori discovered that children foster self-discipline and independence by themselves when they are free in an appropriate environment. This DOESN’T mean that we allow the child to do whatever he wants without any direction. This means we allow the child the freedom to:
> choose materials specific to his interest and stage of development
> exercise his movements
> examine things with all his senses
> follow his own pace
> repeat an activity as many times as he wants
> work/play without interruptions whenever he is concentrated
a brief history
Montessori education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the late 1800’s. Applying the knowledge and methodology from her training in medicine and psychology, she noticed that traditional education actually interrupted children’s learning. She sought to understand how each child learns and how education could be designed to aid their natural development. Thus Dr. Montessori dedicated her life to the child and raising free-thinking, intelligent individuals to make a better, more peaceful world.
Her method expanded beyond children from 3-6 years old to children of all ages, from pregnancy to 18 years old. Maria Montessori and her family started the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to preserve the integrity of the Montessori method. AMI still upholds the highest standards of Montessori education globally.