Montessori is a philosophy of education that is based on the research findings of Doctor Maria Montessori. The purpose of Montessori education is to nurture each child’s developmental needs and interests, and assist them in achieving their full potential. For more information see Montessori Education.
Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Doctor Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female Doctor. She based her educational method on scientific observation of children’s learning processes as they progressed from birth to maturity. Montessori designed a ‘prepared environment’ in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, a century after Maria Montessori’s first ‘Children’s House’ and Montessori education is found all over the world.
The Montessori classroom doesn’t look or sound like a play based classroom. Key differentiators of the Montessori classroom include the prepared environment, self-correcting materials, and the role of the teacher as skilled observer. Unlike play based early learning services, Montessori encourages children to learn at their own pace, follow their interests, and correct their own mistakes.
Children under the age of two have an amazing capacity to learn from the world around them. The Infant Montessori has been specifically designed to assist young children’s development needs and interests. The most important things children learn in the Montessori Infant Program are coordination of movement, strong social skills, the development of their vocabulary, and introductory mathematical concepts that prepared them for the Toddler and Preschool Program.quest