Montessori education is a multidisciplinary thematic approach. It offers the child opportunities to explore the dynamic interactions that exist among the physical universe, the world of nature and the human experience.
In the Montessori approach, children are encouraged to explore their environment at their own pace, with the opportunity to manage challenges using their own problem-solving skills, guided as needed by the teacher.
Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply, and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners and citizens, accountable to both themselves and their community. They think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly and with integrity.
Founder of the Montessori Methodology of Education
Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female to graduate from the University of Rome with a medical degree. She defined the educational goal as
“the development of a complete human being, oriented to the environment, and adapted to his or her time, place and culture.”
What is so remarkable is that her method of teaching arose from simply observing children. She saw that the children absorbed knowledge from their surroundings, essentially teaching themselves. Utilizing scientific observation and experience gained from her work with young children, Dr. Montessori designed unique learning materials for children.
As time and needs of today change, the tools of Montessori learning continue to evolve with the larger AMS community. Many of Maria's materials remain highly relevant and are used in Montessori classrooms today. Her method has created a dynamic classroom environment that foster the children’s natural desire to learn, better yet, cultivate a life-long love for learning.
WHAT FAMOUS MONTESSORI ALUMNI SAY
"It was part of that training of being self motivated, questioning what's going on in the world and doing things a little bit differently"
Larry Page, Co-founder, Google
Benefits of Montessori Schooling
in addition to Academics
Love of Learning
Sense of Order
Concentration and Organization
Self-Discipline, Self-Control and Appreciation
Responsibility – Completion of Task
Social Skills: Conflict Resolution, Thoughtfulness, Grace and Courtesy
Analysing, Synthesizing, Summarizing, Critical thinking and Communicating skills
The Philosophy and Practice of the Montessori Method of Education
AMS provides the leadership and inspiration to make Montessori a significant voice in education. The Society advocates quality Montessori education, strengthens members through its services, and champions Montessori principles to the greater community.
The Montessori Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad.
Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators