What is the Montessori Method? The Montessori Method was created by Maria Montessori (1870 - 1932), an Italian doctor, pedagogue and scientist. A Montessori school places children in an exciting and stimulating environment where all activities are thoroughly developed to ideally suit the children’s needs. The Montessori Method encourages knowledge through activity, providing an effortless learning environment. During the day, your child can choose the work that is attractive to them and well suits their interests, thus fostering a child’s natural love for education and gradually establishing their motivation towards the future goals. Key Principles of a Montessori Education Your child learns at his or her own rate Children are not held back or pushed forward according to the learning rates of their peers. Each child has different abilities and interests and is allowed to work on something until he/she masters it. Your child learns how to focus and concentrate A Montessori Day is structured so that a child's focus is never interrupted by having to move to the next lesson before finishing the current one. Montessori accommodates all learning styles This is important because some children are visual learners, some are auditory learners, some learn through body movement and feeling, and some use a combination of several learning avenues. Your child will master the important life skills of being a self-directed learner Montessori’s aim is to nurture the inner motivation of the child while allowing the opportunity for the fullest possible exploration of his/her interests. Your child will achieve independence by learning How to take care of themselves, their body, their belongings, and their environment. A Montessori classroom is a place where children learn order This provides a sense of security and comfort that they will need to become self-directed. Order helps children become independent because they can always find the work materials that they are going to use next without help. Your child will be learning awareness for others and the fact that you have to take care of the things that are shared. Your child will be treated with respect and dignity Montessori recognized that children deserve and need to be treated with the same respect that we treat adults. A multi-disciplinary approach is taken in regards to your child’s interests If your child was interested in dinosaurs, for example, this interest would be explored throughout the curriculum. Montessori recognized that when a child’s interest is involved, any subject becomes fascinating.