The Montessori Method of education builds a child’s capability to become a productive adult, able to contribute to the world—at home, at work and in the community. It focuses on independence, respect for a child’s natural development, and freedom (within limits). It is founded on the scientific research based evidence that though children develop in different ways and at different rates, they do so in a defined sequence. It believes that young children have a natural drive to understand the world around them and they can learn best through self-teaching in carefully prepared environments, under the guidance of a teacher.
It was founded by Maria Montessori an Italian doctor, educator, and innovator. In her own words she states, “It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method... I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”
The fact that the method has existed for more than hundred years, is itself proof for its effectiveness and relevance today. As it is based on development of humans, the method will be relevant as long as humanity exists. It is not based on one persons’ opinions or ideas. It outlives the various methods that come and go.
The Montessori Method provides children with everlasting intellectual capabilities, achieved through the framework of social and emotional learning and it can be used successfully with all children, whether they are gifted, have learning disabilities or other special needs.