/ˌmɒntɪˈsɔːri/ NOUN: A system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods.
Montessori was developed by Italian educator and physician, Maria Montessori and has been used for over 100 years. It is a disciplined learning environment with a hands on approach to learning. In a Montessori based setting, children learn by playing. Children choose the work they would like to learn. Work can involve a variety of different educational subjects such as practical life, sensorial, math, language, and cultural studies. Each area of work can be modified based on the child’s age and skill level. By allowing the child to choose their own work, the child builds self-confidence, self-awareness, and independence. Furthermore, a classic hallmark of Montessori based programs are multi-age groups. The younger children in the group benefit from learning from the older children, and the older children benefit by teaching reinforced skills they have already learned.