The Montessori approach to education offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Dr. Montessori’s methods were developed nearly 100 years ago in Italy to construct a learning environment which would nourish the full development of the individual, giving the student the tools and resiliency to respond to an ever-changing world.
Montessori classrooms are carefully prepared so that students can respond to their natural desire to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult, the Montessori Guide. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline.
Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their capabilities.
Five areas of development: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics and culture together cultivate the children’s adaptation and ability to express and think with clarity. This approach to education enables children to take responsibility for their own education, giving them opportunity to make choices and becoming unique human beings.