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"The secret of good teaching is to regard the children's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the children understand, and still less to force them to memorize, but so to touch their imagination as to enthuse them to their innermost core..." 
-Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was moved to create her educational method from a profound appreciation for the power and mystery of the child. The child, given primary respect, makes spontaneous choices within a prepared environment, and is “free to create himself.” Students in all parts of the world have benefited greatly from this understanding of discipline, which teaches freedom and responsibility.

Montessori Education capitalizes on natural learning preferences of children:

  • Freedom of movement
  • "Sensitive periods"
  • Use of hands through manipulatives
  • Encourages decision-making and choices
  • Discovery approach as opposed to rote or lecture
  • Success of mixed ages
  • Self-paced through individualized approach
  • Optimal use of time

Montessori Education focuses on the "total child":

  • Intellectual development
  • Care for self and the environment
  • Social development and Moral development (mutual respect)
  • Physical development