Learning with Montessori

Maria Montessori 

Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and educator who observed children within the educational system of her day.  These observations led her to develop a revolutionary approach to early childhood education.  Years of scientific observation indicated to her that conventional school failed in two areas:  the teaching of children began at too late an age, and children were forced to conform to a world of adult dimensions and standards.  Montessori observed that young children learn and absorb many things subconsciously through acting upon and responding to various stimuli in their environments.  It was her desire to enrich the child's early experiences by providing a carefully prepared environment - one designed to lead children from the simple to the complex and from concrete perceptions to higher levels of abstract thinking.

Maria Motessori with child

Montessori learning materials are used to achieve these goals.  They are neatly arranged on shelves and are carefully sequenced from the easy to the more difficult.  A wealth of activities are provided to accommodate the varying skill levels of the children.  The Montessori teacher or "directress," remains ever available to provide help or direction when needed, but she remains in the background, allowing each child to freely explore his/her chosen activities.  Many of the materials are self-correcting, allowing the child to experience success as well as independence.