What is the Montessori Method of Education?

This system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on two important developmental needs of children:

  • The need for freedom within limits
  • A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.


Through these developmental needs, the child develops intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. The Montessori method of education is designed to take full advantage of the childrens desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities. Children need adults to expose them to the possibilities of their lives, but the children must determine their response to all the possibilities.


Children have a deep love and need for purposeful work. They work, however, not as an adult for the completion of a job, but the sake of an activity itself. It is this activity which enables them to accomplish their most important goal: the development of their individual selves – their mental, physical and psychological powers.

Dr. Maria Montessori

(1870-1952)


Dr. Maria Montessori’s legacy and deeply influential work started in 1907, when she opened her first school, and has grown rapidly as more than 4,000 schools now bear her name in the United States. Her approach was and is still today innovative, addressing every aspect of growth through physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual means. The goal of a Montessori education is not to drill and memorize but to develop the skills and habits that facilitate a lifetime love for learning.
Teachers are more than guardians - they are partners in the self-directed education of their students. Every child’s interests are heard, helping them to develop greater confidence and self-learn in ways that traditional schools typically do not support.


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