Dr. Montessori’s scientific and humanistic approach rapidly spread resulting in training programs and schools opening first in Europe and then all around the globe.
It wasn’t long before the first Montessori school was founded in the United States. Today there are currently over 3,000 independent and 130 public school systems using the Montessori method in the US alone.
The core principle of the Montessori Philosophy of education is that all children carry within “the adult they will become”.
In order to develop their physical and intellectual powers to the fullest, children must have freedom which is to be achieved through order and self-discipline.
The world of the child is full of sights and sounds which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos children gradually create order and learn to distinguish among impressions that assail their senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of Self and the environment.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the “prepared” environment, which already possesses a certain order and disposes children to develop at their own speed.
In the first school years, the prepared environment enables children to develop at a pace according to their own capabilities in a non-competitive atmosphere.
These years can then be constructively devoted to “civilizing” children, freeing them through the acquisition of good manners and habits which in turn better prepare the child to take a place in our community.
“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness.
There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.”
Montessori Philosophy of Education
The goals of the Montessori Philosophy of education include cultivating each child’s natural desire to learn; acquiring and mastering skills; learning responsibility and cooperation; fostering strong, positive feelings about oneself and others.
Montessori education focuses on developing a child’s creativity, problem solving, social and time-management skills within a classroom community.
The Whole Child
By utilizing a thoughtfully designed environment, the Montessori method focuses on the development of the whole child – cognitive preparation; social skills; physical coordination & emotional growth.
Rather than enduring group lessons led by an adult, the Montessori approach in the classroom centers on respected individual choice of work & research in an environment that encourages uninterrupted concentration.