Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.
Montessori is the name of the discoveries and educational methods by Dr. Maria Montessori.Dr. Montessori, Italy's first woman physician in the early 1900's, used her scientific training to observe how children learn. She discovered that children learn in different ways at different ages.The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment in which the child develops according to his on rhythm and to his own individual potentiality. Since the child learns at her own pace, a student is able to enter school at any time during the school year.
Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. A classroom whose children have varying abilities is a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes. Moreover, multiage grouping allows each child to find his or her own pace without feeling "ahead" or "behind" in relation to peers.
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