Dr. Montessori was a controversial figure in her time and her philosophy remains somewhat controversial today. Mostly people are just not familiar with Montessori philosophy and often misunderstand what it’s all about. Some people believe it is very unorganized. Others think that Montessori is out of date. This is all untrue. A great resource for Dr. Montessori’s history can be found on the Montessori Foundation’s Website. Below, is a video that tells a lot about Montessori schools as well.
I am particularly fond of this doodle because my own children have benefited from the Montessori approach to education. Montessori schools are a great way for children to explore their world and learn in a more natural and independent way. Hayfield Montessori school’s website sums up the Montessori method very well.
Montessori materials incorporate the child’s senses in the learning process. Materials in the classroom are for manipulating as we believe a child learns by doing. There is a direct hand to brain connection in the young child that is nurtured in a Montessori environment. Many Montessori materials also incorporate a control of error which enables students to correct their own mistakes without adult intervention.
I encourage everyone, especially those with young children, to take a moment and learn a little more about the life and work of Dr. Montessori. You may find that there is a real special resource to help your child just waiting to be tapped.