Montessori Education

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Montessori is an innovative, child-centered approach to education, developed a century ago by a woman ahead of her time.

Working with institutionalized and inner-city youngsters, Dr. Maria Montessori was struck by how avidly the children absorbed knowledge from their surroundings. Given developmentally appropriate materials and the freedom to follow their interests, they joyfully taught themselves.

The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn. Montessori teachers guide rather than instruct, linking each student with activities that meet his interests, needs, and developmental level. The classroom is designed to allow movement and collaboration, as it also promotes concentration and a sense of order.

Unique learning materials beckon from accessible shelves, inviting small hands to take on new challenges, 1 concept or skill at a time.

Photo: Frida Azari

Introduction to Montessori Method

Montessori education is an approach to that celebrates and nurtures each child’s intrinsic desire to learn.

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History of Montessori Education and the Movement

Montessori education dates back to 1907, when Maria Montessori opened the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in a low-income district of Rome.

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Local Groups

Independent of the American Montessori Society, regional and international Montessori groups strengthen the Montessori Movement and provide valuable networking opportunities with colleagues around the world.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Montessori

    As a clearinghouse for all things Montessori, we get questions—lots of questions. Here are some we’re asked most often.

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