WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
Montessori is an evidence-based, data-driven education model using a child-centered,
individualized approach to education that relies on special, self-correcting materials, a philosophy of freedom
within limits, and strategically prepared environment to foster independence, creativity, and responsibility.
The Montessori classroom is organized into specific areas: Practical Life, Art, Math, Cultural Studies, Science, Sensorial, and Language. During the child’s “Work” time, a child is free to roam the classroom and select their activity of interest. After selecting their activities, the child then finds a work space in which they explore the materials within the activity. After completing this activity, the child returns the materials back to the original space, to allow another child the opportunity to use. This work cycle emphasizes taking care of the child’s environment, as well as increasing the child’s concentration, as they work on the project as long as they desire. This entire process occurs under the watchful eye of the teacher, who helps invite children to learn new lessons according to their abilities.
Through this method, we strive to create lifelong learners by following each child’s interests to intrinsically motivate them to ask questions and explore the world around them.
“Play is the Work of the Child” Maria Montessori
The idea behind the Montessori Method is the empowerment of the child to learn according to their individual needs. Montessori teachers recognize the fact that each child learns at a different pace, and they encourage their students to explore the classroom and choose work that best fits their needs.
The Montessori classroom provides a wide variety of multi-age, multi-sensory activities that appeal to a child’s senses. These activities and materials hone the child’s skills and allows them to absorb information in an interactive fashion.
Within the Montessori classroom, a child is free to explore and learn within a carefully constructed environment, where they can learn how to interact with one another and the world around them.
DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
Dr. Maria Montessori (8/31/1870 – 8/6/1952) was an Italian physician, scientist, educator, and innovator. She was the first woman in Italy to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Because she was a doctor, Dr. Montessori looked at education from a scientific level. She believed that education should prepare a person for all aspects of life. She designed materials and techniques that would promote a natural growth of learning in students.
Dr. Montessori spent her life conducting research and training others on implementation of the Montessori Model under their cultural contexts. Dr. Montessori established the Association Montessori Internationale, to ensure that her philosophy and approach to education would be carried on as she intended. This organization is still operating in this capacity today, helping to ensure high-quality Montessori schools are using data-drive practices to guide their implementation.
"Never help a child with a task at which they feel they can succeed." - Maria Montessori
MONTESSORI IN ACTION
American Montessori Society - Montessori: The Elementary Years
American Montessori Society - Montessori: Secondary Program
The Gold standard in Montessori education ensuring the evidence-based model quality standards are met.
Montessori is not a patented name in the USA. Be sure you are looking at a Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) accredited school model.