What is Montessori?
Over 100 years ago, Maria Montessori’s observation of human development from birth to adulthood led to an education approach that supports children’s natural development, providing the skills and support to reach their full potential in life. Montessori education builds a child’s capability to become a fulfilled and productive adult able to contribute to the world—at home, at work, and in their community.
A strong emotional, behavioural, and moral foundation is necessary for children become motivated, active, and independent learners who are prepared for the real world. In this way, Montessori develops the whole child, providing children with enduring intellectual capabilities, achieved through the framework of social and emotional learning. Academics and knowledge-building are key qualities of Montessori, as is the ability to think creatively and understand the needs of others. When these fundamental skills are fostered early in life, children gain the capability to problem solve, persevere, and interact well with others in any circumstance.
As Montessori teachers, you guide children through discovery and create a unique and engaging learning environment designed to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development to help them reach their full potential. Learning is all about the activity and independence of the child to find out what they need at each particular moment at their own pace.