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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 for others.

 

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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