“Help me to do it by myself” – Dr. Maria Montessori’s attitude to education
Montessori classrooms provide:
- a prepared environment
- suitable to the developmental ages of children
- where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work.
Within a framework of order, the children:
- progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
- take responsibility for their own education
- are trusted to make independent choices
- explore ideas and develop skills largely on their own
- are allowed them to think for themselves,
- are able to draw their own conclusions
The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to:
- engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities
- with the guidance of a trained adult (the teacher).
Through their work, the children develop:
- joyful self-discipline.
- their own sense of individual identity
- a life-long passion for learning.
The Montessori Classroom: “The Three Year Cycle”
This video was filmed at Secret Garden Montessori in Frenchtown, NJ by a young adult filmmaker who was himself a Montessori student through to 6th grade! It provides a great overview of the unique Montessori approach and the importance of our three year cycle.