The primary goal of Montessori education is to help children reach their full potential. The Montessori method (developed by Dr. Maria Montessori) for learning comes from the natural development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional, cognitive. Creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence. The Montessori method provides children with an opportunity to not just be a student, but also a teacher.
The Montessori method follows the child’s academic progress – with guidance and structure and challenges them to continue to learn and grow – instead of fitting them in a bubble of where everyone thinks they should be academically based on their age.
The foundation principles and concepts of the Montessori Theory can be applied across all ages. Those principles are: Independence (giving children opportunities to do things for themselves), Observation (teachers learn what the child needs by observing them), Following the Child (allowing the child to show us what they need), Correcting the Child (positively recognizing learning opportunities), Prepared Environment (activities set up for success) and Absorbent Mind (absorbing everything in the environment by experiencing it). These are goals and beliefs that Dr. Maria Montessori held with regards to the education of children.
Benefits of Montessori:
Each child is valued as a unique individual. Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Students are part of a close, caring community. Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach.