- Maria Montessori, Education for a New World
Guided by her findings that children can teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a 'prepared environment' in which children could learn freely by choosing from a variety of developmentally appropriate (and designed) activities. According to Dr. Maria Montessori, learning is a natural, self-directed process which follows certain fundamental laws of nature.
Her method of education was designed to assist the child's development towards independence in the society within which they live. The child is provided a carefully planned and prepared environment in which they have the freedom, within limits, to do as they wish.
The Montessori Method is based on the following principles:
Children want to learn and enjoy learning (as long as nothing has interfered with this natural state).
Children deserve respect and confidence in their achievement.
Each child is unique and will learn at their own pace and will have their own interests and direction.
Teaching academics is not enough. The whole child must be considered.