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The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach, based on scientific observations and research. Time-tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world, some of the basic Montessori concepts are:
  • The child proceeds at her/his own pace in an environment prepared to provide means of learning
  • Imaginative teaching materials at the heart of the process
  • Self-correcting materials that enable the child to proceed at his own pace and discover her/his own mistakes
  • Montessorians (teachers) observe and guide the child towards the appropriate learning path and materials

A Montessori programme is one that adopts a developmental education program allowing children to progress at their own pace. A child can define her/his own workspace and workflow, choose from a wide range of activities available. The classes focus on individual work, success and independence. The combination of differences allow children the opportunity to learn from each other. The role of the teacher at a Montessori: Since the Montessori system of education believes that children learn best through their own efforts, the role of the Montessori teacher (Montessorian) is that of an 'objective observer.' The teacher's job is to prepare an enabling environment to help effective learning by constantly adding new materials for the child to learn specific concepts. The teacher's (Montessorian) job is to help the child achieve independence and accept responsibility. Teachers (Montessorians) are trained to identify learning challenges and recognize developmental delays so the child can get help at the earliest possible time.

There are focussed training programs to certify teachers in Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary systems of Montessori education. Each program consists of the Montessori philosophy, academic studies, observation, internship, and research. Training is available through nine major training associations requiring private Post-Secondary Education Authorization. Qualified Montessori Teachers earn a teaching certificate which they display proudly in their classrooms.

The Montessori system is based on profound respect for a child’s personality. The child works according to his or her own free will and is allowed a large measure of independence. This forms the basis of self-discipline in them. As each child progresses at her/his own pace and successfully completes the self-correcting exercises, she/he develops confidence in her/his ability to understand the environment. Cooperative social interaction among children of different ages engenders a feeling of friendship, respect for the rights of others, and self-confidence.

Habits and skills which a child develops in a Montessori class serves for a lifetime. The goal of Montessori education is that children develop problem-solving skills to help them adjust to any situation - socially or academically. Children develop a strong self-image because of the successful accomplishments they have had every day at the Montessori school. Sometimes children are more advanced in their studies compared to a traditional curriculum and will need enrichment activities to challenge them. The Montessori philosophy sets no limits on what children can achieve. Individual children learn at different rates of speed and those differences are respected. Some children may miss their freedom to make choices and move freely in their environment. Peer teaching is encouraged in a Montessori environment and they may not find this philosophy embraced in other programs.