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About Montessori

    The Montessori method is an educational method for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and careful observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills. It is also characterized by the use of autodidactic (self-correcting) equipment to introduce various concepts. 

    A special set of educational materials are used in multi-aged classrooms.  Instruction is individualized or conducted in small groups both in academics and social skills. Montessori educational practice helps the child to develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and time-management skills.

    Walking into a Montessori classroom during instruction is unlike one's experience in most elementary educational settings.  The room is quiet.  The children are working independently and intently. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed.

    For an analysis of academic and social scores comparing a Montessori School with other elementary educational programs click on the link below:

The Early Years: Evaluating Montessori Education:

To learn more about the Montessori method, please visit these sites:

American Montessori Society:

International Montessori Index: 

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