The system of education known as the Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori as a result of years of research and observation of children and how they learn.
Dr. Montessori concluded that between the ages of 0-6 years of age, a child possesses an amazing ability to absorb knowledge more quickly and effortlessly than later in life – the absorbent mind. Critical to understanding the learning capacity of a child is to understand the significance of sensitive periods for early learning. At key points in a young child’s life, he or she is intensely fascinated by or capable of learning specific skills more than in any other time in their life. Once these periods of learning pass, they may never return. This finding makes it necessary to expose children to learning as early as possible introducing them to new concepts and in the development of a curriculum suited to their personal interest, stage of development, physical, emotional and intellectual needs – the needs of the whole child.
The Montessori method respects the unique qualities and personalities of each individual which dictates what they are ready to learn and when. Each Montessori classroom is equipped to accommodate the multiple levels of all of its students. Lessons are presented individually, in small or large groups only introduced when a child demonstrates the interest or readiness, at which time a child will instinctively select or willingly choose their work. In this way, the Montessori child is set up for success invariably promoting positive self-esteem.