“We are here to offer to this life, which came into the world by itself, the means necessary for development, and having done that we must await this development with respect”
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori with children
The Montessori approach to education is based on developmental principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and emphasizes the responsibility of adults to help the child actualize his inner potential. The Montessori philosophy accepts children the way they are. It respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. The method does not compare children to one another and to standardized norms. It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism
It is an approach that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is an experiential approach to learning that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. Montessori promotes the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well-adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in life. Children, who experience the joy of learning are happy, confident, fulfilled children. In essence, Montessori helps bring to the fore the gift of each child.
Montessori works in a methodical way. Each step in the process leads to the next level of learning. When a child performs activities, he or she is learning concepts for abstract learning. Repetition of activities is an integral part of this learning process. For young children, Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.