Radiant Way Montessori School

2011

 

The Montessori Philosophy

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. They must do it themselves or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years spent in the classroom because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s natural desire to learn.

History of Montessori

Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori Method, graduated from medical school of the University of Rome in 1896, and was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. As a physician, Dr. Montessori was very involved with the care of young children. Through scientific observation, she came to see how children interacted with one another, learnt the use of materials she provided, and went through specific phases of development. Her approach to education was developed based on her observations, in collaboration with her background in psychology and her belief in the education of children as a means to create a better society. She continued to observe children around the world, and found that the universal laws of development she had recognized were inherent to children of all races and cultures.

The importance of Montessori Education in the Early Years

Dr. Montessori wrote in her book, The Absorbent Mind...  "The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the first one, the period from birth to age six. For this is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed. But not only his intelligence: the full totality of his psychic powers…at no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help, and any obstacle that impeded his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection."

Parents must understand that the Montessori method is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child's early years, when they can absorb information from a prepared environment.


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