Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female medical doctor in Italy. She began to develop her educational philosophy and methods in 1897, attending courses in pedagogy at the University of Rome and reading the educational theory of the previous two centuries. Her formal education, paired with her scientific observations of the behavior of young children, led her to create the Montessori Method of Education.
In 1907, Dr. Montessori opened the Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, in Rome. Her unique philosophy sparked the interest of educators worldwide. Today, there are Montessori schools around the globe. Click here learn more about the Montessori Philosophy.
As you consider Glendale Montessori School for your child, here are some things to know about the Montessori philosophy:
We believe that the early years set the stage for how children learn throughout their lives.
Dr. Montessori wrote of the “absorbent mind.” She often referred to a child’s mind as a sponge that literally absorbs information from the environment. Many studies have validated this. The years from birth through early elementary are incredibly important. Studies suggest 80 percent of a child's mental development takes place during this time.
We believe that each child learns at her/his own pace.
At Glendale Montessori, there is not one single recipe that leads to academic achievement—it looks different for each child. Students progress when they are ready and make their own decisions, taking an active role in their education.
In her writings, Dr. Montessori spoke of “sensitive periods of learning.” These are times in a child’s life in which she/he will most easily learn a particular skill. These periods vary for each child. Our teachers are trained to recognize these periods. They observe and guide the child to new skills when the time is right for her/him.
We believe children learn from one another.
Our multi-aged classrooms provide students with wide boundaries for social interaction. Students are in constant interaction, teaching and learning from each other. The classroom itself mimics a small community in which the student becomes an integral member. Younger children observe the older children. In turn, older children grow as leaders and master concepts through helping their younger peers.
We believe children learn through experience.
The Montessori classroom provides an enriched environment, complete with tools and materials that reinforce learning. Children experience a concept that they a learning through hands-on activities. Ultimately, this reinforces their learning and helps them apply it to their world. Using hands during learning is very important, especially in the early years. Dr. Montessori said, "The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence." She also said, "What the hand does the mind remembers."