Montessori is an educational method created in the early 1900’s by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, psychologist and educator. Dr. Montessori observed that children teach themselves. This simple truth inspired Montessori’s lifelong pursuit of educational reform, methodology, psychology, teaching, and teacher training–all based on her dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child. Dr. Montessori’s pioneering work created a blueprint for nurturing all children – learning disabled to gifted – to become self-motivated, independent and lifelong learners. Dr. Montessori has become widely recognized as being ahead of her time. Remarkably, her visionary ideas continue to profoundly influence the entire educational landscape.
Dr. Montessori teaches us that each child must be free to pursue what interests him most at his own pace but in a specially prepared environment. Children are introduced to the joy of learning at an early age providing a framework upon which academic and social growth may progress hand in hand. The Montessori child is truly free to learn because he has acquired the ‘inner discipline’ necessary for lifelong learning. The Montessori environment teaches the child respect; respect for oneself, others, and the planet. It is a positive, stimulating, and enriching atmosphere for children of all ages, all backgrounds, and all capabilities and/or gifts. Montessori children tend to become self-confident, independent thinkers who learn because they are interested in the world and enthusiastic about life.