|"No man exists who
was not made by the
child who once he
was." - Dr. Maria
|The Montessori Difference
Maria Montessori, M.D., born in 1870,
was the first female Doctor of Medicine in
Italy. Her pioneering work with children led to
the development of her unique educational
method, known as the Montessori Method.
The central dogma is based primarily upon
Montessori's scientific observations of
children's almost effortless ability to absorb
knowledge from their surroundings, as well
as their tireless interest in manipulating
materials. Her work has had a lasting impact
on the field of education and the underlying
principles of child education.
A Montessori Preschool
Children possess an unusual sensitivity and intellectual ability to absorb and learn
from their environment that is unlike that of the adult both in quality and capacity.
This characteristic is most prevalent during the first six years of life when
unconscious learning is gradually brought to the
Children have a deep passion and need for
purposeful work. While the work itself may not
result in the completion of a project, it is the
activity itself that creates the development of
their mental, physical, and psychological powers.
Realizing that the child’s mind is different from the adult mind, this system of
education is designed around the child's developmental needs for freedom coupled
with a strategically prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials
and experiences. Through this process, the child develops intelligence as well as
physical and psychological abilities. The curriculum is designed to capture the child's
desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.