The Montessori method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy at the turn of the century. The method is structured for the developmental instincts of children and encourage his or her growth as a whole individual – intellectually, socially, spiritually, and physically.
Montessori became Italy’s first licensed female physician in 1896. She went on to obtain degrees in psychology and philosophy, and founded a school where she closely observed children’s learning at different ages.
Based on her findings, Montessori created a distinct system of learning unique to each stage of a child’s development characterized by:
- a home-like environment geared to the child’s perspective
- respect for each child as a unique learner
- a structured prepared classroom where children have freedom of choice within limits
- carefully crafted Montessori learning tools (sometimes called “apparatus”) that promote conceptual learning
- specially trained teachers
- a carefully integrated interdisciplinary curriculum
- multi-age classrooms
- ample work periods
- learning through mastery
- intrinsic vs. extrinsic rewards
- mutual respect with students, teachers and the community
There are eight outcomes that we aim to see from children educated in a true Montessori setting. Such children are typically:
- academically prepared for higher education and lifelong learning,
- intrinsically motivated to learn and engage in new activities,
- guided by internalized ground rules – to behave appropriately in the absence of an authority figure,
- socially responsible – sensitive to the needs of others,
- autonomous – self-directed and comfortable with being morally independent,
- confident and competent – not afraid of failure and willing to learn from mistakes,
- creative and original in thought – often taking great satisfaction in self-expression,
- spiritually aware of the natural world and the human condition.
To see the Montessori Method demonstrated naturally by children busy at joyful work in their classrooms, please join us for a Campus Tour.