A Montessori school is a school that embraces the methodology and educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870- 1952) was the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome, Dr. Montessori developed her method of education through her scientific observations of how children learn and develop. Montessori schools are dedicated to developing the “whole child” this includes physically, emotionally, socially, and academically.
Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that the very young child goes through periods of great sensitivity in particular areas during which he learns more easily than at any time in his life. Montessori is a personalized approach in which each child, respected as an individual, discovers the joy of learning. A totally prepared environment awaits the absorbent mind of the child. Each piece of material is designed to give the child a new experience and to develop a specific concept. The directress acts as a catalyst. The prepared environment’s aim is to aid the child to help himself by developing an awareness of reality as he experiences it in himself, in others and in the world around him. The child works in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility. Different areas of interest are prepared to introduce to him the total reality – Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Natural Science, Social Science, Art and Music.