ABOUT MONTESSORI

“Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. Although a range of practices exists under the name “Montessori”, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential” — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education

Teachers as “Guides”

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Teachers as “Guides”

Dr. Maria Montessori always referred to the teacher as a “guide” and the role of a Montessori guide differs considerably from that of a traditional teacher. She is a very keen observer of the individual interests and needs of each child; opening a pathway to self-discovery in the child. Her daily work then develops from her observation rather than a prepared curriculum. Montessori guides’ main objective is to teach children independence, creativity and curiosity that they are born with to foster independent growth in each child.

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The Montessori Classrooms – Prepared Environment

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The Montessori Classrooms – Prepared Environment

Montessori classrooms are designed in such a way that children are encouraged to take part in an organized and structured self-directed learning environment. The classrooms are also designed in such a way that children of varying ages can be in one classroom at the same time, as opposed to a traditional school where all the children are of the same age and developmental stage. This is so that the older, more advanced children may assist in helping the younger children learn new things. The younger children will also be able to observe the older children as they receive lessons from their Montessori guides, and engage in the work accompanying them. By allowing children of...

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The Montessori Method

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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 is a very different and unique way of learning in comparison to traditional schools and other preschool settings. In traditional schools, teachers take an active role and the child more of a passive role; however, the Montessori classroom is designed around the child so that he/she takes an active role in learning to gain self-sufficiency and independence. The Montessori Method focuses heavily on a prepared environment and is divided into different areas. These areas are practical...

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About Maria Montessori

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About Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870 and grew up to become the first female physician in Italy in 1986. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education, and anthropology. In 1906 she gave up her medical practice to work with a group of sixty young children. Montessori was able to show to the world that children, ages 4 ½ -5 ½-years, can learn to read and write spontaneously. She believed that if children were not force fed information they learn more naturally and happily. Her method was based on what she observed children to do “naturally” by themselves without being assisted by adults, but rather guided by them. She died in 1952, but her...

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