Montessori is a method of education that was created by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman to receive her medical degree in Italy. She believed that children given a prepared environment, appropriate materials, and the freedom to choose are able to develop to their fullest potential at a rate set by the child but guided by a teacher.
The Montessori environment encourages the child to become independent, self disciplined, and confident. The child has access to hands on materials that develop his/her five senses and is able to move in a logical sequence from large motor coordination to small and from concrete manipulatives to abstract concepts. The classroom environment has different areas of learning. These consist of practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, history, science, geography, and music. Through the different materials offered, the child gains a “love for learning”.