Welcome.

We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole community.

 

~Maria Montessori

 

What is Montessori?

Montessori Education

 

What is it?

 

This system of education is both philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child's developmental needs for freedom within limits, and a carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. It is designed to take full advantage of the self-motivation and unique ability of young children to develop their own capabilities. The child needs adults to expose him to the possibilities of his life but the child himself must direct his response to those possibilities.

 

Key promises of Montessori education are:

 

1. Children are to be respected as different from adults, and individuals who differ from each other.

 

2. The child possesses unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from his environment that are unlike those of the adult both in quality and capacity.

 

3. The most important years of growth are the first six years of life when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level.

 

4. The child has a deep love and need for purposeful work. He works, however, not as an adult for profit and completion of a job, but for the sake of the activity itself. It is this activity which accomplishes for him his most important goal: the development of himself - his mental, physical, and psychological powers.

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