Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, observed children’s behavior and based a teaching method on her findings, which was so powerful her method spread worldwide.
Montessori education is hands-on, tactile, integrating all 5 senses.
It’s children choosing their own work from lessons specific to their individual development.
Children work in mixed age groups helping each other, watching each other, and working as a team.
They push in chairs, wash dishes, water plants and own their environment.
Their work is joyful and continued until it is mastered, not memorized.
Montessori is about enjoying after-school time instead of doing homework.
…And it’s so much more.
More about Montessori:
- Volumes of books have been written on the subject of Montessori, but Trevor Eissler’s video is a great summary of the basics!
- See Dr. Steve Hughes, a pediatric neuropsychologist, discuss the amazing benefits of Montessori in this video.
- "Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program" is a longitudinal study of how Montessori education compares to traditional offerings.
- If you are interested in more parent resources, click here.