~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori is one of the fastest-growing and most popular educational methods in the United States today. It began in Italy, 1907, by Dr. Maria Montessori, a doctor and educator who achieved remarkable results with children by designing an educational program that makes the most of the innate desire of children to learn. The Montessori classroom is at the same time disciplined and self-directed.
Children are provided with hands-on materials that enable them to learn language, math, science, and geography, while at the same time developing intellectual curiosity, self-respect, and respect for the world around them.
The teachers give children individual and small group lessons, and then observe their progress as they complete projects on their own, at their own pace. Montessori graduates are self-directed, motivated learners who are notable for the continuing excitement they find in learning.