The Montessori Method was conceived by Dr. Maria Montessori, a physician and child educator. She presented a comprehensive view of the child by an indirect approach to learning. Dr. Montessori approached education as a scientist and pursued her ideas with an open mind, always with strong respect for the child as an individual.
The Montessori Method is a scientifically designed method to develop the whole personality of the child, at his own natural rate of progress, and thus free his potential for self-development within a prepared environment.
The Montessori Method places no restrictions on the child’s ability and provides manual and physical activity through use of concrete and abstract experiences to help him gain mastery of himself and his environment. The child is allowed to explore the world through his various senses with the material provided.
Through the use of a wide range of didactic materials, varied activities reflecting all aspects of the child’s development, everything is aesthetically pleasing and geared to the child’s size, needs, and interests.
Lessons allow the child to gain self-confidence and self-mastery through the successful completion of work that is meaningful to them. Dr. Montessori thought that self-education was of the greatest value and that to be in control of one’s self the ultimate achievement.