Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was Italy’s first female doctor, renoun for her remarkable common sense and first-rate observation skills. Maria, like other stage theorists, developed her theories based around periods of growth that were distinct from other periods. The ages of 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 and 12-18 correspond directly to the stages of child development that are acknowledged in many domains of society as infancy, early childhood, childhood and adolescence. The Montessori method is an internationally regarded educational pedagogy designed specifically for children as they pass through the various stages of human development.

The foundations of the Montessori approach in the 3 to 6 year environment includes learning through movement, self paced activity, community awareness and collaborative action, and is specifically designed to encourage problem solving by each child. The physical and social environment elicits creative solutions to be sought as children, through their own observation and analysis, interact with their surroundings to create the harmonious and loving place.

A Montessori class is a place where children learn to work independently as well as interact with others in ways that are congruent with a self-reflection of social etiquette and personal rights. Through their own hands children discover empirical knowledge of the world while they discriminate and communicate their discoveries using written, spoken or artistic communication styles.