The Montessori Method
Montessori education was introduced to America in the early part of the 20th century and has been recognized as a leader in the field of education. Maria Montessori was able to develop a system of learning that recognized the development of the whole child. This development is exclusive to each child, thus learning is done at an individual level. A goal is to help the child maintain their natural joy of learning. Each child can then assist his/her community with those acquired and refined skills, making interaction appropriate and fulfilling.
The Montessori Method encourages independence and freedom with limits and responsibility. The youngest children are guided in practical life skills, e.g., domestic skills and manners. These skills are emphasized with the goal of increasing attention spans, hand-eye coordination, and tenacity. The Montessori Method states that satisfaction, contentment, and joy result from the child feeling like a full participant in daily activities. Montessori education carried through the elementary and high school years follows the child's emerging tendency for peer-oriented interactions and still emphasizes that each student is the guardian of his or her own intellectual development.
Montessori teachers or directors are specially trained in both theory and method in order to facilitate an environment and become a model for the child