The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method was developed by Maria Montessori, M.D. who developed her system by observing and following the internal law of development in children. Through her observations, she concluded that children have an innate desire to be independent. She realized that the role of the teacher is not to pour knowledge into the child but rather to give the child tools for exploration of the world around him/her. She developed classroom work around four major avenues: practical life, sensorial, language and math. Children learn through each of their senses and the Montessori materials are designed to spark the interest of the child. Montessori is a method created with the needs of the individual child. It provides freedom and independence within a structured environment and respects the natural development of the brain as well as individual needs and interests.