“In the Montessori classrooms the teachers’ task is not to dominate, but to ‘draw out’ the minds of the 3, 4 and 5 year olds, to teach them to learn reading, writing, mathematics, music and manners, by the use of dozens of different playthings – toys which really are tools to be used to awaken thought, logic, personal relationships and abstract conception.”
The method allows the child to make his own choices, exercise courtesy, be independent and enjoy learning - but how? 4 Steps:
mariamontessori.com created by Montessori Heads of schools in the U.S. (MAA). The website gives an insight to the philosophy and publishes a blog about Montessori education.
(2) Visit a Montessori school nearby and take notes of the children's activities. You will notice a buzzing-humming sound of active children. Each of them may be engaged with a friend or on their own with different unique materials.
One of the most reliable sources of information about "What is Montessori?" can be found on NAMTA , The North American Montessori Teachers' Association, a membership organization open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education. Some of the more interesting reading is in the section titled Common Misconceptions about Montessori Education.
Peter Davidson, Chairman of MAA, Board member AMI, Head of School, describes Montessori in 100 words:
"As a scientist, Maria Montessori discovered something surprising:
Steven Hughes, Ph.D, L.P, pediatric neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School. American Board of Pediatric Neurophysiology, describes Montessori in 100 words:
"Montessori is a brain-based developmental education method that allows children to make creative choices in how they discover the people, places and knowledge of the world. It emphasizes hands-on learning, self-expression and collaborative play in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace and joy."
Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Steve Hughs.