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Who was Maria Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870–952) was Italy’s first female physician.  Through observation and experimentation, Dr. Montessori created a time-tested proven method of teaching.

What is the Montessori Philosophy?

The Montessori Method stresses independent learning. It is a respect for the child and the belief that children are their own best teachers.  It is providing the child with a safe, stimulating environment in which to discover, create, and become the best person that he/she can be. 



Is Montessori for every child?

Yes, Montessori education is an individualized program tailored to the strengths and needs of each child and accommodates all learning styles.  Some children are visual learners, some are auditory learners, some learn through body movement, and some use a combination of several learning methods.  Montessori teachers are trained to use all of the senses; the use of the materials enforces this.  

Why doesn’t Montessori grade students?

Grades focus strictly on results and are only what a student

knows at that particular moment in time. Grades can distract the student from the natural enjoyment of learning. Instead of grades, Montessori provides informative reports on what your child’s interests are and how they are progressing. When students make the transition to other schools that use testing, they usually test well and perform above their peers.

What is the teaching concept behind the Montessori materials?

The child teaches him/herself by choosing to work with materials and activities that match their interests and abilities.  The materials are self-correcting allowing the child to find the answer for him/herself.  This learning approach insures that the child will experience success and inspires a life-long love of learning.

What is the teacher’s role in the Montessori classroom?

The Montessori teacher assumes the role of a guide.  He/she prepares the environment by including stimulating materials and removing obstacles.  He/she demonstrates lessons, encouraging the child to experience them for him/herself.  The teacher observes the child, interprets his/her needs, helps him/her overcome difficulties, and redirects him/her when necessary.  The teacher knows when to step in to set limits or to assist and when to step back and not interfere.  

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