Montessori Philosophy

Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori method, believed that education begins at birth and that the first stage of human life (from birth through six years) is when character is formed. The core of Montessori philosophy is that a child is free to learn because he/she has slowly acquired an inner discipline from exposure to both physical and mental order. Habits of order, concentration, perseverance and thoroughness established in the early years will provide a confident and competent learner in later years.

Based on her philosophy of education, she developed materials to assist children in reaching their full potential. Montessori also stated that movement was crucial to learning and children learn with their hands. Montessori materials are manipulative and begin with concrete lessons and continue to abstract ones. Children vary in the way they learn (some are visual learners, some are auditory learners, etc.). The Montessori classroom provides a multisensory approach to learning. The success of the Montessori method has developed into thousands of Montessori schools that cover six continents.