What is Montessori?

The Montessori method of education is a globally successful program that responds to the developmental needs of the whole child. Created by a pioneering educator and physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, the program recognizes that children are sensorial learners eager to find their place in the world. In the carefully prepared environment of a Montessori classroom, children learn using materials that engage their senses and are specifically crafted for young minds and bodies. With a trained teacher to guide them, these multi-sensorial materials foster cognitive development and motor skills at each child's individual pace. In addition to developing a child's intellect, the Montessori method emphasizes self-care, grace and courtesy, and respect for self, others, and the environment. The Montessori method honors children's intellectual, physical, social and emotional development and enhances a child's innate love of learning.

 



Learning through all 5 senses​

 

 

Environment and method encourage

self-discipline

 

Mixed age grouping; mainly individual instruction

 

Child chooses own work

 

Child works as long as she wishes on chosen material

 

Child sets own learning pace

 

Child notices her own errors from feedback of material

 

Child works where he chooses, moves around and talks at will (so long as not disturbing others)

 

Organized curriculum for learning to care for self and environment

 

Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom

 

Values concentration and depth of experience; uninterrupted time for focused work cycle

 

Children are encouraged to teach each other and collaborate

 

Goal is to foster love of learning

Learning through listening, watching or reading

 

Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline

 

 

Same age grouping; mainly group instruction

 

Curriculum chosen for child

 

Child allotted specific time for her work

 

 

Group norm sets learning pace

 

Work is corrected by teacher who points out errors

 

Child assigned to chair, required to participate and sit still for group lessons

 

 

No organized program, self-care instruction left primarily to parents

 

Teacher is center of classroom

 

 

Values completion of assignments; time is tightly scheduled

 

 

Most teaching is done by teacher​

 

 

Goal is to master core curricula objectives

Montessori

Traditional

Differences Between a Montessori and

a Traditional Classroom

Suggested Readings

The Absorbent Mind

by Maria Montessori

 

 

The Discovery of the Child

by Maria Montessori

 

 

The Montessori Method

by Maria Montessori

 

 

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook

by Maria Montessori

 

 

The Secret of Childhood

by Maria Montessori

 

 

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

by Angeline Stoll Lillard

 

 

A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom

by Aline D. Wolf

 

 

Basic Montessori Learning Activities for Under Fives

by David Gettman

 

 

The Hidden Hinge

by Rosa Covington Packard

 

 

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way

by Tim Seldin

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