To aid life, leaving it free, however, that is the basic task of the educator.
– Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952). Dr. Montessori, an Italian physician and educator dedicated her life to understanding the early development of the human psyche. Her primary focus of research was on how we develop our learning techniques and ways to improve them. Why do some children seem to have a natural ability to learn? Why is learning enjoyable to some students and not to others? What makes a child interested in learning? Dr. Montessori set out to understand these questions and many more.
After her years of extensive research Dr. Montessori turned her attention towards education and developed the Montessori Method of learning. This method uses specially designed materials to help children learn critical thinking, social skills, and creativity in a fun and engaging way. The teachers are specially trained to incorporate these materials in a non-invasive way that gives the child a sense of freedom and self-accomplishment. One of the primary philosophies of the Montessori Method is the idea that children learn better through self-discovery and the freedom to choose!