The Montessori philosophy is not only an educational method, it is also a way of seeing children as they are in their truest forms. Schools following the Montessori philosophy create environments for children, from birth through high school, which foster fulfillment of their fullest potential. A child raised in a Montessori school is exposed to an environment which is developmentally appropriate and which nurtures their spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. Children are raised as members of a family with an awareness of their place in the world community.
Dr. Montessori’s study of children brought the world a scientific method, both practical and rigorously tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences, to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge. The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation.
The Montessori Method has been successfully applied in all socio-economic and cultural settings. Montessori teacher training facilities exist on all continents. Successful results do not vary from children characterized as “gifted and talented” to children with developmental disabilities. Montessori method has remained current throughout the continuum of time since its inception, because dynamic observation and the meeting of children’s developmental needs is continual. The Montessori Method, when applied, is specific for each individual child and therefore, timeless. In a typical Montessori setting, children glow with excitement and a drive to work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment.
The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults. The Montessori Method is also commonly applied in homes.
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