The Montessori Method

Maria Montessori

When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, ‘I want to do it!’ But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, ‘Help me to do it alone.’

Dr. Maria Montessori, the Secret of Childhood

In 1896, Dr. Maria Montessori became Italy’s first female physician.  She spent years carefully observing the learning process of children.  Shortly after the turn of the century, these observations led Dr. Montessori to found the Casa dei Bambini, or “Children’s House”. It was here, based upon her clinical observations of children and their natural ways of learning through absorbing knowledge and manipulating the materials in their environment, that the Montessori Method developed.

When you visit Brookeside Montessori School you will see children working independently and in groups, often with specially designed learning materials. Students are deeply engaged in their work and taught to respect themselves and their surroundings. The Montessori Method fosters self-motivated growth for children in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical.

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