The Montessori Method
The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. It’s a child-centered method of education that involves hands-on activities (referred to as “work”), in a prepared environment (classroom) with children of varying ages and trained adults (teachers) who encourage independence among their pupils.
A Montessori environment clearly looks different from what you’re used to. Things that make it unique include:
Open shelves with hands-on materials for children to choose from throughout the day.
Adults moving from group to group/ child to child instead of standing at the front of the classroom.
A nontraditional grading system where the adults observe all the aspects of a child's development on a daily basis; which means there are no test papers / exams.
A focus on the development of the whole child—social, emotional, intellectual and physical.
The system also educates parents and caregivers and helps build ideal conditions for the child’s home and external environment.