When you enter a Montessori classroom, you know that something different is afoot: you see children working independently and in groups, often with specially designed learning materials. They’re deeply engaged in their work and respectful of themselves and their surroundings. The Montessori Method fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical
For more than a century now, the child-focused approach that Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed for educating children has been transforming schools around the globe.
Montessori education takes into account the nature of the child. Through scientific observations Maria Montessori discovered universal traits all children possess. For the past 100 years children worldwide have benefited from Montessori education. Maria developed teaching techniques and materials to entice the child to explore his/her world. These techniques are based on how children acquire knowledge complementing the child’s inherent desire to learn.
Maria Montessori found through her research as an educator that children:
- Are curious by nature
- Have a thirst for knowledge
- Seek to understand the world and their place in it
- Need to actively pursue knowledge
- Learn by doing
By interacting with the environment, their peers, and with materials, students in Montessori classrooms establish learning practices that lead to overall comprehension. Children learn by active participation through the manipulation of materials, therefore the Montessori classroom is full of precisely engineered materials designed to teach concepts in a cohesive, concrete manner.
Through their experiences at Durango Montessori School, children develop incredible skills, including:
- Academic success
- Love of learning
- A positive self image
- The capability to overcome challenges
- Problem solving ability
- Excellent communication skills
- Ease at adapting to change
- Respect and appreciation for the community