The Montessori Method
Achievement, both academically and socially, is fostered by adjusting the curriculum to the individual for it is growing that is satisfying, not perfecting.
Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome in 1896. The Montessori pedagogy was developed through her observations and practice working with children.
This philosophy revolves around the basis of viewing children as ‘mini-adults’ who are capable of self-directed learning. Through scientific observations of the children’s learning processes, Dr. Montessori discovered that children learned most effectively in a “prepared environment” where they are able to choose free from an array of developmentally appropriate activities.
The Montessori Method of education develops the whole person — not merely his/her intellect, but also their powers of deliberation, initiative and independent choice. Group harmony is vital to individual achievement. By living as a free member of a real social community, the pupil’s ability to function in a group is developed and he acquires those fundamental social qualities which form the basis of good citizenship — a respect for the dignity of others and thereby gaining respect for oneself.
”The most important period of life was not the age of university studies but the first one.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
Core Charactersistics in a Montessori environment
Three Period Lessons
Mixed Age Groups
Key focus areas through the Montessori method
Trevor Eissler, father of three Montessori students, is a business jet pilot and flight instructor. Over the last fifteen years, he has taught hundreds of pilots, from beginners to professional pilots. He is an author, a juggler, a unicyclist, a Toastmaster, a pianist, a triathlete, and a husband. He wants to be a Montessori student when he grows up.