“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: “Help me to do it by myself.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Whether you’ve been observing typical education through your own children, through nannying or childcare work, or through a traditional pathway to an education degree, you may have found yourself thinking, “There has to be a better way.”
The child who enters the world is filled with curiosity, driven by what Maria Montessori called an “inner teacher” to learn and grow and thrive, in a natural, painless process of self-discovery. Traditional education too often stifles this spark in children. So many schools force children into rigid boxes, trap them with boring and pointless work, and curb their natural desire to explore the world with all of their senses.
The Montessori Method is the alternative. Rather than fighting human nature, Montessori embraces and elevates the child’s natural tendencies, enhancing the child’s innate desire to learn and gain independence. The real-world result is a child who is much more confident with language, much more mathematical, much more independent – a child in love with learning. An ever-growing body of powerful brain and educational research shows us that children who spend even a few years in Montessori classrooms develop into more successful, innovative, collaborative, and happy adults.
In the Montessori classroom, as children ages 2½ – 6+ choose their own tasks, learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the child’s own activity. Lessons are designed to inspire the child to explore and repeat a challenging exercise that engages the hands in connection with the mind. The Montessori teacher observes closely, watching for developmental stages, areas of special interest to the child, particular activities that inspire deep concentration, enthusiasm that results from new discoveries, or challenges that a particular child is experiencing. Each child’s chosen work nurtures creativity, innovation, and individuality and helps the child develop motivation, persistence, and concentration.
Because Montessori classrooms are mixed age groups, children experience natural peer relationships, develop into confident leaders, and practice consideration for others. Younger children look up to and emulate older peers, and older children step up as mentors or role models in the class.
When you choose Montessori as a career, you are joining a growing community of passionate educators around the world who are making real, measurable, meaningful change, one child, one classroom, and one school at a time.