What is a Montessori Education?

Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach that was developed more than one hundred years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is based upon her scientific observations of childhood learning processes and her conclusions that children are quite adept at teaching themselves. Guided by her findings, Dr. Montessori developed what she called the “prepared environment,” which possesses a certain order and allows children to develop at their own speed in an environment that is non-competitive, spontaneous, and relaxed. Because of its emphasis on the use of all five senses, the structure of Montessori learning involves the use of many materials, with which children may work individually. At every step of their learning, the material is designed to test their understanding and to correct their errors. Children work at their own pace, thus, the faster learner is not held back by others, nor is the slower learner struggling to keep up. Learning becomes an exciting process of discovery in which the child develops better concentration, motivation and self-discipline and ultimately leads to an even greater love of learning.