The Montessori Method
The Montessori approach to learning encourages each child to reach his full potential in all areas of life. The classroom environment contains many mulit-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials. The materials facilitate the learning of skills and concepts. The children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have selected from the environment. All classrooms have multi-age groupings that encourage a family-like atmoshphere where learning takes place naturally and spontaneously.
American Montessori Society (AMS) is a nationally organization composed of teachers, parents, administrators, and schools. The main purpose of AMS is promoting better education for all children using the Montessori Method developed by Maria Montessori.
Maria Montessori, born 1870, became the first woman in Italy to recieve a medical degree. Having studied psychiatry, education and anthropology, Maria came to believe that every child is born with the unique potential waiting to be revealed, rather than as a "blank slate" waiting to be written upon.
She put her unorthodox approach to the test and opened her first school in an apartment building in 1907, focusing on teaching the children ways to develop their own skills at their own pace, which she called "spontaneous self- development." Having great success, many more schools followed, sparking worldwide interest.