The Montessori Method of education is basically a unique approach to learning; it is the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports and respects each individual’s unique development. Rather than “teaching” the child ideas, a classroom is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and help their understanding and learning capacities — with little or no adult intervention. It uses the “whole child” approach to learning. Montessori theory is based on these concepts:
- Children are respected as individuals who are different from one another.
- Children create themselves through purposeful activity and opportunity play.
- The most important learning occurs from birth to age six
- Children are sensitive and have the mental ability to absorb and learn from the environment, which includes people as well as materials.