What is Montessori Education?
The Montessori philosophy is based on self-directed learning with non-competitive activities that help children develop positive self-images. Their confidence is built up to help teach the child how to work through the many challenges that will present themselves in, and out, of the classroom settings.
By remaining focused on a child’s natural sense of learning, Dr. Maria Montessori was able to develop a method that has not only withstood the test of time, but is also in touch with building life-long skills within the whole child building a stronger sense of self physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.
- Evaluating Montessori Education by Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest addresses the academic and social growth of a Montessori child versus that of other elementary education programs.
- Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning featured on Carnegie Melon University’s site explores the value in minimizing classroom decor and distraction, in line with the Montessori classroom, and its overall positive impact on the learning environment for children.
- The video below was produced by a Montessori school in South Dakota, and gives a wonderful visual overview of the Montessori philosophies in action.