The Montessori Method and Philosophy
Dr. Maria Montessori developed an educational method in the early 1900’s, called the Montessori Method. It was a means of accomplishing peace and was the cornerstone in the social movement of peace education. Her goals were to guide children to reach their full potential through her approach and educational materials, that she developed, by being exposed to a “prepared environment”. This “prepared environment” gave children the opportunity to become peaceful human beings who would in turn, promote harmony with the people around them and gain knowledge which exceeded their peers within their age group.
The Montessori Method quickly developed all over the world and the approach is used in over 110 countries worldwide. The success of the method is largely due to the materials used within the “prepared environment” which includes trained teachers to guide and present the program to the children within a multi-aged classroom which is a very important part of the Montessori setting.
The Montessori method is a holistic approach to the development of the child. Children within the prepared environment are playing with a purpose. It recognizes the social nature of learning and understanding that the child absorbs an idea through active sensory experiences. It promotes communication through visual observation and language that plays a very important role in gaining knowledge.
Through the child’s experiences at Durham Montessori School and Daycare, teachers observe, assess and evaluate the child’s progress. In doing so, the teacher makes appropriate learning decisions to guide the child and move forward in his/her holistic development. Our program believes that open communication between the teachers and parents play an integral role in the child’s developmental process. When teachers and parents communicate and collaborate their knowledge and experiences of their child, they create a climate of respect, accomplishment and happiness for the child and will set the most seamless environment for a healthy child.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the immense capabilities of each child. Her brilliant method that she modeled throughout her life and with the materials she used in her classrooms embedded an enormous respect for children and adults alike which set the ultimate environment for peace.
The education of even a very small child…does not aim at preparing him for school but for life– Maria Montessori