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Educational Philosophy

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori is a child-centered and evidence-based system of education that is founded upon the pioneering child development research of Dr. Maria Montessori. Established in 1906, this student-focused educational method has been proven to cultivate inquisitiveness, imagination, and innovation in children. With the keen observation, guidance and assessment of trained Montessori teachers, a child will develop as a whole: intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

About Dr. Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in the town of Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy. In 1870, she became the first female physician in Italy. In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn and build themselves from what they find in their environment.

In 1906, she accepted the challenge to work with a group of sixty working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini (’Children’s House’). What ultimately became the Montessori method of education developed there, based upon Montessori’s scientific observations of these children’s almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings, as well as their tireless interest in manipulating materials. Every piece of equipment, every exercise Montessori developed was based on what she observed children to do ‘naturally’, unassisted by adults.

This system of education is both a philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limits in a carefully prepared environment. Materials and experiences are designed to take full advantage of children’s unique ability to develop their own capabilities and motivation.

Goals and Objectives of a Montessori Classroom

  • To develop the child’s love of learning;
  • To guide children in their development;
  • To inspire critical thinkers;
  • To foster independence;
  • To provide tools to help acquire skills;
  • To stimulate growth and socialization;
  • To facilitate cultural awareness;
  • To provide an enriched experience.

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