What is the Montessori Method?

Dr. Montessori was often heard saying, “I studied my children, and they taught me how to teach them.” This may seem common for us to do today, but Dr. Montessori was the first to view education in this manner. She pioneered other attributes of what is modern education today. A system of learning materials for Math for very young children was developed which allowed four and five year olds to explore their interests where otherwise were told they were too young. Montessori was also the first to introduce child-sized tables and chairs made for the students. She believed that the learning environment was just as important as the learning itself. Because of this belief, her schools were often peaceful, orderly places, where the children valued their space for concentration and for the process of learning.

The Montessori Method allows children to discover and learn from their own experiences and is based on principles of observation, order, construction and independence in the prepared environment.