The Montessori method of teaching aims for the fullest possible development of the child, ultimately preparing him for life’s many rich experiences.Children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life.
Dr. Montessori described the child’s mind between the time of birth and six years of age as the “absorbent mind”. It is during this stage that a child has a tremendous ability to learn and assimilate from the world around him, without conscious effort. During this time, children enter the prepared environment with specially designed materials and activities to stimulate their intellect. Encouraged to focus her attention on one particular quality, the child works at her own optimum level. A spontaneous love of “work” is revealed as the child is given the freedom (within boundaries) to make her own choices.
For more information on some of the key differences between Montessori and Traditional methods please see the “Why Montessori?” section.