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What is Montessori
    Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning developed by Maria Montessori with the help of her son Mario Montessori.  Maria Montessori believed that education should not just be concerned with curriculum, but also with teaching children how to have good hygiene, how to socialize with others, and how to work independently.  She believed in the creation of a functioning adult on all levels.  The core concept of Montessori learning is that children first learn using concrete materials then slowly move to learning abstractly.
    The Montessori classroom looks and works totally differently than a traditional classroom education classroom.  THere are few desks to restrict movement.  Montessori believed that children learn through movement and should be allowed to move freely to their work spaces.  Children in a Montessori classroom are allowed to choose the lessons they want to work on.  The teacher works with small gruops of students based on student needs rather than giving whole group lessons.  This accommodates all students' learning needs rather than moving the whole class along at the same time when they may not be ready.  In some instances, you may see students caring for plants or cleaning up the classroom.  While this may not look like learning, the children are actually learning valuable lessons about how to care for themselves, their environment, and how to appreciate life