Why Montessori?

Maria Montessori was a true visionary in the fields of education and child development. Her observations, and application of the scientific method to the education of the child, have given us over a hundred years of education that works. The philosophy calls for us to respect children. Dr. Montessori said, “Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." She also said,“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” And how true are those words?!

The methods used by Maria, over 100 years ago, still work today, when honored and trusted. I encourage any parent who wants to embrace Montessori to read and study as many of her works as possible.

The materials used are meant to entice the children to want to learn. The math materials are designed to give children a strong understanding of abstract concepts in a concrete manner. Children are encouraged to use math and geometry materials until they are ready to move to the abstract level. The elementary curriculum is designed to help children answer big questions to life: Who am I? Where did I come from? And, What is my purpose? The Cosmic Curriculum is designed to give children a view of the world and help children figure out where they fit into the big picture. A great book to read on the subject is Children of the Universe by Michael and D'Neil Duffy.