When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, ’I want to do it!’ But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, ‘Help me to do it alone.’”—The Secret of Childhood Dr. Montessori
What is a Montessori Education?
There are over 500 Montessori schools In Canada half of which are in Ontario. There are about 22,000 Montessori schools worldwide.
Montessori Education was developed by an Italian physician – Dr Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. As the first female physician in Italy she worked with some of the most disadvantaged youth in Rome’s slums at the time. She used her training and observations as a medical doctor to design a school that helped children to grow and develop naturally and in tune with their environment.
She took away all of the preconceived notions of what a school should look luke and designed a classroom and materials based on what she observed about children in their natural state. The schools created based on her observations became known as Montessori Schools.
Here are 10 principles of a Montessori School:
To read further about each of these please click here: Clemer, Christina “ What is Montessori? 10 key principles, all parents should know” Motherly, 6 Feb 2019