Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy. She based her educational methods on the scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities.
Emphasizes cognitive and social development
Emphasizes rote-learning and social behavior
|Specially designed and prepared child environment||Teacher controlled environment|
|The teacher as a facilitator, mentor and resource person||The teacher as lecturer|
|Learning is an internally developmental process||Learning is an externally reinforced process|
|Children work at their own pace with materials they have chosen||Children have a limited time exposure to teacher chosen materials|
|Discovery learning is encouraged||External control of behavior is promoted|
|Child understands concepts using manipulatives||Abstract learning with limited materials for concrete manipulation|
|Multi-sensorial, self-correcting approach||Teacher points out errors|
|Develop a lifelong love of learning||Education based on memorization of facts|
Dr. Maria Montessori's desire to help children was so strong that in 1906 she gave up both her university chair and her medical practice to work with sixty children of working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or “Children’s House.” Based upon Dr. Montessori’s scientific observations of these children, she learned they had an effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings. They also had a tireless interest in manipulating materials. Every piece of equipment, exercise, and technique developed by Dr. Montessori was based on what she observed children did “naturally” and independently. The Montessori activities at our academy promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination and cognitive preparation. Fostering self-esteem and confidence in our students is of utmost importance to our staff. We empower children to ignite their natural curiosity by integrating science, geography, art and music in our Montessori curriculum. Our students love the fun and creative activities that spark their inquisitiveness to explore. Montessori students touch and feel materials which provide the multi-sensorial path to learning. Hands-on learning is one of the basic tenets of the Montessori method.