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What is the Montessori Method

"I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method." Dr. Maria Montessori.

The Montessori Method is a way about thinking about who children are. It is a philosophy that respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. Her method does not compare a child  to norms or standards that are measured by traditional educational systems. It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.

It is also an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. Children, who experience the joy of learning, are happy, confident, fulfilled children. In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each child.

Another important skill it teaches is self-reliance and independence. It helps a child to become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part of their household, neighborhood and school.

Montessori works in a methodical way. Each step in the process leads to the next level of learning. When a child plays, he or she is  learning concepts for abstract learning. Repetition of activities is an integral part of this learning process.

For young children Montessori is a hands on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.

For a grade school child, Montessori encourages a child to proceed at his or her own pace onto abstract thinking, writing, reading, science, mathematics and most importantly, to absorb his or her culture and environment. Culture includes interaction with nature, art, music, religion, societal organizations and customs.

A Montessori teacher or instructor observes each child like a scientist, providing every child with an individual program for learning. Phoebe Child (Head of the Montessori trust in London) said "we must be prepared to wait patiently like a servant, to watch carefully like a scientist, and to understand through love and wonder like a saint."

Most of all, Montessori wanted to help free a child's mind to be unfettered to learn without any negative input. It is success oriented in that almost everything is self-teaching and self-correcting. The children learn by doing and by experimentation. The environment is specifically prepared for the children to allow them to interact with it freely and unfettered, everything is child sized, and safe for children to touch and use. In fact, Dr. Montessori called her center "The Children's House".

The main goal of Montessori is to provide a stimulating, child oriented environment that children can explore, touch, and learn without fear. An understanding parent or teacher is a large part of this child's world. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about one's path and purpose in life.



posted at 4:04 a.m. on March 12, 2009

hi, your website has helped me alot. please give me more information on sensorials. thanks Sunita

Asmat Zahra

posted at 11:22 a.m. on June 17, 2009

Hi! Your website has given me important and helpful information and I have learnt a lot. It is really great contribution and effort. Well done. I need some more information about "Prepared Environment".

Aatiqah Kathir

posted at 10:05 p.m. on September 30, 2009

I need information on below Practical life Exercise. Applied Exercise. Grace & courtesy exercise. Control of Movrment exercise. Pepared environment. Montessori classroom. Area's of the montrssori classroom. What is pracital Exercise? What is prepared Exercise? I need information on above topics for project. This website given me very vast knowledge still I have to learn lot,since I am beginner.


posted at 10:23 a.m. on March 12, 2010

Can you please explain "how history as an aid to the child's full development".

Azy Moatamedi

posted at 5:25 p.m. on April 28, 2010

Hi, Thanks for the very useful site, I just found it. I am a Montessori Teacher and I am looking for some Dinosaurs cards or some pictures of dinosaurs to make some cards, Do you have any suggestion or a site that I can get them for free. i googled them but the only pictures I found were in ABC website and they were cartoonish. Thanks for all your inputs.


posted at 12:26 p.m. on June 7, 2010

hi...Can u tell me what is the daily lessons for 3-6 yrs?

ririn lewis

posted at 9:52 p.m. on August 11, 2010

hi i m so exciting reading your web site its so expensive here in my country school with montesori based, when i found yours i hope i could teach my daughter n maybe the kids around my neighbourhood could u help with this

Tasneem Latif

posted at 7:15 a.m. on August 12, 2010

Please may you explain "history as an aid to the child's full development".

Asmat Zahra

posted at 12:17 p.m. on August 13, 2010

Hi! This is really informative website. I got lot of information regarding EPL, Sensorial, and different areas of Montessori. I have done Post Graduation Diploma in Montessori. Now I am willing to do further detailed study in this field. Please Guide me. What should I do next? Thank You. Asmat Zahra


posted at 1:50 a.m. on September 18, 2010

im intersted to put my 1yr 7 month baby in any school so montessori is helpful for him,when can i put him in school.

Desmond Adjei Weskin

posted at 4:01 a.m. on October 16, 2010

God bless this website for such a wonderful information,i hope to contribute to any program you hold on to,am very proud.God bless you once again.


posted at 7:15 p.m. on November 20, 2010

Hello, This website is very useful and lots of information. I have a presentation coming up on Cultural side of Montessori and i need to know briefly how i can explain about Montessori culture.

Christi Shults

posted at 1:13 a.m. on December 27, 2010

Hello, I am glad I found this site. I am looking for information about developing a Montessori classroom. Is there a good curriculum I could use for children ages 3-6? I am opening a home preschool soon. I am very interested in the Montessori method of teaching.

yadira acosta

posted at 2:44 p.m. on January 25, 2011

Hi, I was looking for information to use in my class and i have found this link, its good to know that tools like this one are available for teachers.

sunday school

posted at 8:17 a.m. on January 27, 2011

Ya' know, I had no idea that there was an actual "Dr. Montessori". My wife has worked at a pre-school/montessori school for the past 6 years, and I always thought it was just a fancy scientific word for their methodology. It's pretty neat to know that the methods were pioneered by an individual. The Montessori method has been instrumental in the development of her special needs students, so my heart and my thanks go out to the Doc.

Zaitoon Bawany

posted at 10:55 a.m. on February 5, 2011

Hi, I am glad that I found this site.I am principal at Montessori school. I am looking for infotmation about developing a Montessori classroom. Is there a good curriculam that I could use for children ages 3-6? I am very much interested in the Montessori method of teaching.I am looking for some good curriculam for grade 1-6. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Try Montessori World at or MTC at and Montessori Primary-

Katrina Aquino-Sng

posted at 11:55 p.m. on February 16, 2011

I would like to know what curriculum I can introduce to my 6 month old son using the Montessori method of teaching


posted at 6:48 a.m. on July 17, 2011

Hi, Thankyou for such a lovely and easy to understand article on "what is the montessori method" I am a mum with two children who are beginning our montessori homeschooling journey and this is why! It is also a great explanation when the family & friends ask, but why? With thanks jodie

Natercia Calha

posted at 10:53 p.m. on August 5, 2011

I've heard one or two rumours that children may not always be prepared for Primary School if they previously went to a Montessori Pre-School as the method is to learn at their own pace and in essence do not learn all the neccessary fundamentals in time to prepare them for this next step. Is this true as I'm considering sending my 2 year old to a Montessori Pre-School.


posted at 2:21 a.m. on August 12, 2011

I would like to know everything about this method (environment, tools, teacher's behavior etc).


posted at 5:56 a.m. on August 28, 2011

I need detail information on Psycho-geometry-how does it help the child, stages of development,


posted at 8:44 a.m. on October 15, 2011

please may you help m on th following question:- explain ''History as an aid to the child's full development'' wll be looking foward to the reply. --------History shows how human geography and history have influenced the development of mankind. Each person has a part to play in life and can make the difference in the present, and in the future. I would think that this question would be developed in the Great or Cosmic Lessons for older children. The potential of man is an aide to a child's development. Montessorimom

cynthia azumah

posted at 3:09 p.m. on October 25, 2011

l am a proprietor and would like introduce Montessori teaching and learning method.please is there any syllabus, curriculum, or text books that i can lay hand on? --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives" by David Gettman is an excellent source. MM


posted at 8:31 a.m. on April 21, 2012

Hy. Realy likd ur websyt. I wantd u to plz help me in my montessori course...the topic is the characteristics of child development. Plz. Waitn 4 ur reply ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You may want to google- Montessori 4 planes of development as well as characteristics of child development I think you will be able to answer the topic question! MM


posted at 11 a.m. on April 29, 2012

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Zekeri Anamomhe

posted at 6:58 a.m. on June 9, 2012

Wao! your write up What is the Montessori Method is great. am working on making people no more of this method. can I adopt ur article on a web page. thanks

Molly Marshal

posted at 11:15 a.m. on December 18, 2012

Really your write up is very useful of all the parents and kindergarten teachers. Thank You very much.


posted at 5:43 a.m. on January 29, 2013

woul you please explaine how this method work with second language learner?


posted at 4:06 a.m. on February 14, 2013

by appling these methods we can chang the whole education system. thank you

Nivea chauhan

posted at 4:38 a.m. on February 14, 2013

Mind blowing methods. Thanks a lot for all your efforts to contribute to the better education system.


posted at 9:09 p.m. on March 17, 2013

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posted at 10:04 p.m. on April 10, 2013

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posted at 10 a.m. on April 21, 2013

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Kristine Chowne

posted at 8:06 p.m. on November 8, 2013

I just wanna say thank you for the information that you have been shared to us readers. Thanks for posting this kind of theme.

Bruno Montessori Academy Birmingham AL

posted at 4:34 a.m. on November 22, 2013

Great post, you have pointed out some wonderful points, I too think this a very great website.


posted at 7:11 a.m. on May 31, 2014

Thank you for the post, before now I couldn't comprehend what montessori is all about.

sobia aslam

posted at 2:30 a.m. on August 22, 2014

thanks for a brief guide line

Fatima Ezenwa

posted at 2:20 p.m. on April 2, 2015

Pls i want to know the stages or classes found in a Montessori school.Thank you for being there to help confused minds like us ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Montessori uses a mixed age classroom . This gives more flexibility for different levels of learning. For example, ages 3 to 6 are often put together. Primary elementary classroom includes ages 6 to 9 and upper elementary represents ages 9 to 12. Middle school is up to age 14 and high school is from age 15 to 18. As always, it is important to do this according to the needs of your students and your particular environment and needs.


posted at 3:22 a.m. on April 6, 2015

Hi there, I would like to find out if anyone have the answers to my questions below: - With regards to Montessori learning approach, how do teachers collate / collect children's work? - Also, how do the teachers give feedback about children's work, as far as the Montessori approach is concerned? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!


posted at 12:14 a.m. on April 20, 2015

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