Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori educational approach, which is original in its systematic wholeness and its practical application. The Montessori education method is based on the principles of human behavior and is designed to correspond with the child’s developmental periods. Adults, both parents and teachers, have an important role in the success of Montessori education. Since it is through their example that, a child discovers what it means to live in freedom and to become self-disciplined and responsible for his/her own-self.
The Montessori Method is about creating environments which foster the fulfillment of a child’s highest potential – spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual. It is about seeing a child as he/she is – as members of a family, the world community and the Universe.
A Montessori classroom is characterized by the following features:
- Multi-age classrooms
- Montessori educational materials
- Discovery and exploring Emphasis on interaction
- Children directing and choosing their work
- Children working for long periods of time
- Collaborative environment and peer-tutoring
- Individual and small group instruction in academic and social skills
- Individualized attention and continuous monitoring of student progress