The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago. The Montessori Method revolutionized the field of early childhood education by insisting that environments in which children learn reflect children's natural development, from the construction of the chairs and tables children use to the pace and type of activities in which they engage. While Dr. Montessori's original conclusions were based on empiric observation, research throughout the last century demonstrates the deep and lasting positive effects of her method, from increased academic achievement to distinctions in children's creativity, self-efficacy, and community contributions. Some qualities you'll observe in a Montessori environment include:
- Multiage classrooms within which younger and older children are both learners and mentors
- Individually tailored curricula based on the observation of each child
- Highly-prepared, professional teachers
- Cooperative, peaceful environments
- Thoughtfully-sequenced activities in a wide variety of fields and at multiple levels of challenge so each child is able to learn and grow
- Warm, homelike settings that model collaboration and instill a sense of responsibility to each other and to the community.