Montessori Philosophy provides a prepared environment to meet the needs of each individual child based on where he/she is at in their development. Children are encouraged to “learn how to learn,” thus gaining independence and self-confidence.
What is a Montessori education?
Montessori Education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. Dr. Maria Montessori based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. She designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of appropriate activities paving the way for the development of their entire personality.
- Montessori Education emphasizes learning not just by listening, watching and reading, but rather the utilization of all five senses
- Children learn at their own individual pace according to their choice of activities
- The children are engaged in individual or group activities of their choice with materials that have been introduced to them one-on-one by the teacher
- Learning is an exciting process of discovery leading to concentration, motivation, independence, self-discipline and a love of learning
Why a Montessori education is better for your child.
Montessori education versus Traditional Education
- Montessori education gives children the time to work on hands-on activities that peak their interest. Montessori teachers are guides that foster a child’s zeal to learn. Traditional education primarily utilizes lecture methods to educate their students.
- Montessori education focuses on child-centered learning and activities. Traditional education utilizes cookie-cutter standards of education that are usually followed by standardized testing.
For more information and the original source please see this article from the organization Age of Montessori.