Born in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870, Dr. Maria Montessori was a woman far ahead of her time. She was the first female to earn a medical degree in Italy in 1886. Through her medical practice, she had the opportunity to study young children. She concluded that children teach themselves based on what they find in their environment. With continued study of philosophy and psychology, she went on to develop the Montessori approach to early education. She opened the first Casa del Bambini (Children’s House) in 1907. Dr. Montessori believed that education is a preparation for life and not just a search for intellectual skills.
In a typical Montessori classroom, the directress acts as a guide. The children choose their work independently from activities of practical life, sensorial, math, writing and reading. Individual or group presentations of materials are then given as needed. The classroom population is organized in a three-year-span (three- to six-year-olds).
To prepare a child for life, the Montessori educator believes in the promise of each child. In order to develop his/her potential, the child must have meaningful activities to pursue and be involved in a community of respect for themselves and others. The directress ultimately individualizes each child’s education to meet their specific needs. While being challenged academically, the child has choices in the order in which they complete some tasks, leading to self-reliance and self-motivation. In the Montessori classroom, children learn by doing.
One of the most important outcomes of a Montessori education is teaching the child how to learn. Maria Montessori believed that the motivation for learning must come from within the child and when it does, a lifelong learner is born.
Human beings are born with a desire to know, the urge to explore and the need to master their environment. Therefore, the Montessori classroom is prepared to train the senses, stimulate curiosity and satisfy the child.
At Southwest Suburban Montessori, your child will be immersed in an environment designed to meet their needs and foster confidence and competence. The results of a Montessori education are simple: a confident, independent child who has developed self-discipline, knowledge and enthusiasm for learning.