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About the Montessori Method

“The Montessori Method is an approach to educating children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952).

It arose essentially from Dr. Montessori’s discovery of what she referred to as “the child’s true normal nature” in 1907, which happened in the process of her experimental observation of young children given freedom in an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity. The method itself aims to duplicate this experimental observation of children to bring about, sustain and support their true natural way of being.

Applying this method involves the teacher in viewing the child as having an inner natural guidance for his or her own perfect self-directed development. The role of the teacher (sometimes called director/directress, or guide) is therefore to watch over the environment to remove any obstacles that would interfere with this natural development.

The teacher’s role of observation sometimes includes experimental interactions with children, commonly referred to as “lessons,” to resolve conflicts (At Montessori Cooperative School we work with the children in helping them to resolve their own conflicts) or to show how to use the various self-teaching materials that are provided in the environment for the children’s free use.” – Wikipedia entry