The Montessori Method
Montessori is an education method created by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) in the early 1900s in Italy. This methodology is based on the observation of the child and aims to help children to fulfill their individual needs and potentials.
The Montessori approach is devoted to guiding children through their development and evolve a lifelong love of learning. Different elements are essential parts of this method such as a prepared environment, attractive and purposeful learning materials, a prepared adult, and a special vision of seeing the child.
The Montessori guide, parent, or caregiver acts by gently directing the child. In the process of learning, it is the child who directs his/her learning. Whether the child is ready to learn how to grasp an object, pour water, learn colors, how to write, or how to understand the world of numbers, it is the child who determines the educational direction. While the child develops inner direction, the prepared adult provides the freedom to explore and learn.
The objective of Montessori education is to provide a rich prepared environment that promotes the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children. This approach fosters a child's independence, self-discipline, and a positive attitude towards life. The result comes after itself: learning.
“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”
– Maria Montessori