Introduction to Montessori Education
Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) is a comprehensive educational approach that can be applied from birth to adulthood. The Montessori method is based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.
Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children's natural learning tendencies as they unfold in "prepared environments" for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-14). Instead of strictly grouping students by year, this method allows for students to interact on a more creative and communal level, teaching them strong communication skills and allowing for a collective mindset that goes beyond a narrow age bracket.
The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative "materials for development" that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and an individualized love of learning that lasts a lifetime.
Today, Montessori schools are popular worldwide, serving children from birth through adolescence. In the United States, there are more than 4,000 private Montessori schools and more than 200 public schools with Montessori-styled programs. The Association Montessori International (AMI), founded by Maria Montessori in 1929, maintains Montessori educational principles and disseminates Montessori education throughout the world.
Referenced from: http://www.montessori-namta.org/About-Montessori
There is an abundance of information on the American Montessori Society website.
And of course, our school is a great resource where you can learn more about Montessori! Give us a call to schedule a tour. We would love to meet you!