The Montessori Method is an educational approach based on the research and teachings of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Dr. Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole person rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge.
Montessori classrooms are arranged by child-scale work or activity areas, designed to foster students’ ability to explore, choose, and complete their work. Referred to as the “prepared environment,” areas devoted to language, mathematics, and cultural subjects are a core part of the classroom at every age, often using materials that overlap or build on each other. Early childhood years also include “practical life” and “sensorial” areas.
The Montessori approach to education is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively. Montessori classes bring together students in multi-aged groups, rather than classes composed of just one grade level. This facilitates the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group, much like the society they will live in as adults.