Maria Montessori believed that children must become independent in their care of themselves and in their learning. She taught mutual respect among teachers, parents, and students. She acknowledged that each child is an individual, who learns at his/her own pace and according to his/her own interests.
Montessori designed materials that, through the child's exploration of them, teach various educational concepts. The place of the teacher is to create the learning environment and guide the child, step by step, through the curriculum. Dr. Montessori was a social reformer who believed that world peace can only be achieved through education of the world's children.
The most accurate means by which a school program can be evaluated is by the enthusiasm of the child at work. Dr. Montessori's discoveries about the environment and the child have provided a love of learning for children all over the world. The Montessori pre-primary program is designed for children from the age of two and half through six years.
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Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and a pioneer in child development who observed that children have a natural, progressive ability for acquiring knowledge about their world. The Montessori method of education is a child-centered, developmentally- based approach to education. The philosophy views the child as someone eager for knowledge who will initiate learning in a supportive, stimulating, and thoughtfully prepared environment. The Montessori approach values the development of the whole child - the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. The primary goal of the Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life.