In the early 1900’s, Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician developed a child centered approach to learning. Through her observations and research, she found that children, who were placed in an interactive environment will naturally education themselves.
The Montessori Method focuses on “the true child”. Each child is seen as someone who naturally wants to learn. This type of leaning can be cultivated and self-directed when the environment has been carefully prepared for and supportive.
The materials and curriculum that are used in the classroom are centered to the child. This way, support is given to each individual child’s emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development.
What is promoted in a Montessori classroom?
1. Prepared Environment: Activities are based on student’s needs.
2. Active lessons: Students are actively engaging to discover information themselves.
3. Time & Pace: This time is completely uninterrupted. When students are working on lessons they are given as much time as it takes to complete the task. Each child is encouraged to work and their own pace and then their work is honored.
4.. Develop a love for Learning: Students will create a hunger for learning when they do not feel information is forced upon them.