The Montessori Method
"I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method" - Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method supports the individual personality and learning style of each child. It is a scientific method that is practical and has been tested for bringing out the very best in young human beings. Dr. Montessori believed that the child's mind from birth to age six is quite different from the mind of an adult. The mind of a child is absorbent and effortlessly soaks in the culture and environment of their surroundings.
It is a model that serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability. Maria Montessori developed materials for refining the senses which help the child to discriminate sound, color, size, shape, smell, and touch. Her method is adaptable to all subjects and within the framework the child develops freely and becomes independent in a responsible way.
The Montessori philosophy is built upon the idea that children develop and think differently than adults. This method discourages traditional measurements of achievement under the premise that it is damaging to the growth of a child (i.e. criticism and marking). Feedback does exist, but it is provided in the form of a list of skills, achievements, and activities. The Montessori Method is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.
The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning within a child. Children who experience this joy become happy, confident, and fulfilled. Montessori emphasizes that children are not merely little adults but that they add the balance to humanity. The Montessori Method is constantly evolving and is the preferred preschool practice around the world.
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