Dr. Maria Montessori developed her method of education more than eighty years ago to serve disadvantaged children in Rome. Since then, her educational philosophy has established itself in diverse communities worldwide because of its central distinguishing tenet: child-driven education.
Dr. Montessori recognized that the only sustainable foundation upon which to build a love of life-long learning is the self-motivation of the child. Ultimately, children must move themselves toward their own learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, and offers the child stimulation, but it is the child who learns and is motivated through learning itself.
Montessori philosophy is based on the principle that all children carry within themselves the person they can become. In order to maximize their physical and intellectual potential, students must develop a meaningful degree of independence and self-discipline in an ordered environment. Dr. Montessori developed the “scientifically prepared environment” which encourages children to learn according to their own capacity and learning styles and allows children at various stages of learning to flourish in the same classroom.
“A Montessori program is based on non-competitive and cooperative activities that help a child develop a strong self-image, high levels of academic and social competence, and the confidence to face challenges.
Encouraged to make decisions at an early age, Montessori-educated children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices, manage their time, and work well with others. They exchange ideas and discuss work freely. These positive communication skills build the foundation for negotiating new settings.”
“Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop the confidence to face change with optimism.”