Information on Montessori

What was Maria Montessori’s basic philosophy?

  • Providing a balance between freedom and structure in an environment prepared especially for the child.
  • Providing materials that allow for progressive learning through manipulation.
  • Realizing the innate potential of the child and his ability to develop along his/her own natural lines in his/her “sensitive periods”

What are the Montessori materials?

  • A single material isolates one concept to be learned
  • Materials progress from simple to complex in design and usage
  • Materials progress from concrete to abstract
  • Materials have built-in controls of error
  • Categories of materials are:  practical life, sensorial, language, math and culture (art, music, geography, science and history)

What are the goals for a child in a Montessori environment?

  • Love of learning
  • Sense of personal dignity
  • Independence
  • Sense of order
  • Ability to work alone and with others
  • Ability to concentrate well
  • Self-motivation
  • Self-discipline
  • Enjoyment of repetition
  • Pleasure and fulfillment in work for its own sake