The basis of the Montessori philosophy of education is the belief that all children carry within themselves the foundation of the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. As Montessori educators say, the world of the young child is full of sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, children gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail their senses, and slowly, but surely gain mastery of themselves, and their environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed what she called the Prepared Environment, which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities, and in a non-competitive atmosphere. "Never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success.”
At each stage of development, the child acquires the tools necessary for critical thinking, decision making, and respect for all. Under the guidance of a Montessori trained educator, the child chooses what helps them to construct themselves, which results in a love of life and learning, while fostering independence, self-esteem, and growth.
The Montessori Method has proven effective for over one hundred years. Maria Montessori was a careful observer and her life's work was based on the direct study of children. From the use of current technology and neuroscience, we know how we best learn. The observations of Dr. Montessori have an uncanny resemblance to the best practices recommended by neuroscientists today. Additionally, there is ample research that shows that the Montessori Method is successful for children regardless of race, class, socio-economics, religions, cultural traditions, etc.
We strongly encourage parents to learn more about Montessori.