| About Us | Introduction
| A child’s world is full of wonder- of life discovered. The
child has within himself the capacity to direct his attention: to
focus and to observe.
The Montessori method of learning is based on the teachings of Dr.
Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian educator and physician. Dr.
Montessori established methods of developing a child’s natural
abilities by encouraging the utilization of all senses and providing
the child with the freedom to act. Since its first introduction in
Italy, the Montessori method has spread rapidly and widely
throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
The Montessori environment (the classroom) is sequentially
structured, relaxed and creative. It encourages the child to take
personal responsibility for his or her actions, resulting in the
development of strong personal awareness, self-respect, and respect
Education begins at birth, ideally, a child’s group experience
begins about 3 years of age. At that time, a child is very
sensitive to order and language. He shows a need to expand the
boundaries of his world beyond the home.
The years from 3 to 7 are crucial for setting down lifetime
attitudes toward learning. These constructive attitudes form an
essential foundation for education and discovery. They allow each
individual to realize the benefits of subsequent education.
When the emphasis is removed from uncontrolled “self-expression”,
and focused on self-realization through making judgments, dealing
with reality and learning by doing, the children become confident in
their own abilities. With this growing confidence comes a desire to
assume intellectual initiative regarding their learning process.
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