The Montessori philosophy was established by Dr. Maria Montessori; an Italian physician, educator and innovator. Through scientific observation and close work with children, Dr. Montessori created an environment and education philosophy that is designed to meet the progressive needs of developing children. The Montessori philosophy takes a child-centered approach to learning as each classroom lesson and activity revolves around each student’s unique interests and abilities. This emphasis on an individual child’s initiative and independence, allows the child to progress through an orderly series of structured learning activities at their own pace. As a result, a love of learning based on intrinsic motivation is fostered, with instructors encouraging growth and self-initiated study.
Dr. Montessori believed that the Montessori method of teaching “is simply an assist to life; the novel of observing and supporting the natural development of children.” The Montessori materials are called “work” and the classroom is structured in a manner that children are given freedom to develop cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. The materials are designed to instill concentration and independence in children. Additionally, a child’s sense of security, social skills, creativity, level of physical and intellectual development are enhanced and nurtured under the Montessori teaching method.