Dr. Montessori's pioneering work created a
blueprint for educating children, from the learning disabled to the gifted, and
for helping children to become self-motivated, independent and life-long
learners. Many of the concepts that she invented are now commonplace in
early childhood education. Ideas that she pioneered include:
That the most important period of life is from birth to the age of six
when intelligence is being formed.
That early stimulation is very important for success in later learning.
That children learn from an active, hands-on approach that draws on all
That learning materials should be interesting, reality-oriented and
designed to facilitate self-correcting and the refinement of sensory
That real learning involves the ability to do things for oneself, not
the passive reception of knowledge.
That imposing immobility and silence hampers a child 's ability to
That children take a natural pleasure in learning and that the sense of
accomplishment that comes from learning is the basis of self-confidence
necessary for independence.
provides a nurturing, supportive, and unique learning environment that maximizes
each child's opportunity to learn and grow personally and socially in a very
individual manner. With Montessori education, children can learn and mature to
an extraordinary level, and they do.