How did Montessori come to be?
Mon·tes·so·ri pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee, named for its founder Maria Montessori, 1870-1952. She was an Italian physician and educator who developed methods for educating children based on the developing child’s initiative; sense and muscle training, and freedom through prepared materials and games. She designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities.
What is the difference between Montessori and Traditional education?
The Montessori method emphasizes learning through all five senses—not just through listening, watching, or reading. Montessori children learn at their own pace and choose which lessons to participate in. Older children sponteaneosuly share their knowledge with the younger students representing a different approach to traditional education. Please see “Montessori-at-a-Glance” on the downloads page.
Who accredits or oversees Montessori Schools?
Meeting House Montessori is an active member of the American Montessori Society.
What special training do Montessori teachers have?
What is the best way to choose a Montessori School for my child(ren)?
Determine which organization the school is affiliated with. Ask what kind of training the educators have. Visit the school and observe the classroom in action. Ask the teacher to explain the principals and theories of the activities you observed. Most importantly, talk to the prospective teacher about his/her philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.
Are Montessori schools religious?