What is Montessori?
Montessori education emphasizes internal (self) motivation. The classroom is a precisely prepared environment for individual instruction and self-paced learning. Specially designed materials are used to maximize children’s time in the classroom. Teachers present carefully demonstrated lessons to students. Introduction of new lessons is tailored to the individual needs and interests of each child.
The Montessori method of education has been successful for students with diverse abilities and age ranges. The Montessori method emphasizes respect for each child as a unique individual. Teachers and parents are viewed as guardians and protectors of the child’s right to develop his or her potential in a nurturing physical and social environment.
The principle of respect is integral in Montessori classrooms. This includes respect for the child, respect between children, respect for individual and cultural differences, respect for teachers and parents, and respect for Montessori materials.
Children in a Montessori classroom are active participants in their learning. Some of the primary outcomes that can be expected from giving your child a Montessori education are: Academic preparation, intrinsic motivation, social responsibility, autonomy, confidence, competence, creativity and originality of thought, and emotional awareness.