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Montessori In a Nutshell

July 31, 2008

Here’s a post I wrote recently on my school blog… I figured I would share it on my personal blog, too!

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As Montessorians, we are often asked a very simple question with a very complex answer:

“What is Montessori?”

We all have slightly different perspectives on the most important aspects of Montessori, but I think the following list can get the ball rolling…

– It is a scientifically-designed method created by a progressive female physician/anthropologist 100 years ago in Italy. Recent scientific and psychological findings are providing validation of Dr. Maria Montessori’s discoveries.

– It is based on countless hours of objective observation of children’s behavioral and intellectual development in carefully prepared environments around the world.

– It respects the child’s individuality by requiring the adult to follow the child at his/her own speed and focus on his/her current interests.

– It promotes independence, self-esteem, and a healthy socialization process.

– It allows for close and personalized teacher/student relationships.

– It offers the child scientifically-designed materials to manipulate and learn from (instead of giving “busy work” devoid of intellectual purpose).

– It provides the young child with mental order, self-discipline, and the ability to adapt and thrive in new environments.

– It promotes acceptance and encourages children to think outside the box.

These are but a few of the many important contributions the Montessori Method can provide for the child and his/her family. In following posts, we will delve into these topics – and many others – to provide a clearer understanding of this philosophy.

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