All About Maria Montessori

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Biography

My go to resource is AMI - Global's Biography page. Dr. Maria Montessori established the Association Montessori Internationale as the custodian of Montessori's legacy. 

Maria's life story

Legacy

The Montessori Method is her lasting legacy. AMS provides a summary of what constitutes the Montessori Method. 

The Montessori Method

Bibliography

Books written by Dr. Maria Montessori.

know more about her work

The Montessori Method

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The three-hour uninterrupted work period

...which does not mean that children can do whatever they want. It means respecting the children's ability to decide for themselves. A prepared environment minimizes the don'ts and encourages independent movement. Thus, children are free to get their own water, choose their own subject of interest, go to the bathroom, and clean up while observing community ground rules.

There is freedom within limits...

...which does not mean that children can do whatever they want. It means respecting the children's ability to decide for themselves. A prepared environment minimizes the don'ts and encourages independent movement. Thus, children are free to get their own water, choose their own subject of interest, go to the bathroom, and clean up while observing community ground rules.

A mixed-age community

Montessori was way ahead of her time when she introduced combining children in groups according to their planes of development: 0 to 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 9, 9 to 12, 12 to 15, and 15 to 18 year olds. Most authentic Montessori programs still observe this as older children are primed for leadership roles as they mentor the younger children in class.

A credentialed and trained guide

In Montessori, teachers are called guides because children are capable of self-directed learning. Guides merely prepare the environment that will spark the children's interests. once children are peaked to learn, the guide points them to more materials and key learning experiences that will add to their knowledge and consequently keep them hungry for more.

Materials that teach

Maria Montessori designed materials that allow children to learn independently. There are inherent controls of error which allow the children to think critically and creatively. 

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