Do you use the methods of Maria Montessori?
Our unique curriculum incorporates the materials and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori as well as Dr. Howard Gardner.
Maria Montessori’s Method of Education believes children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in the right environment. It focuses on development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional as well as cognitive.
Multiage groupings are one of the main characteristics of Maria Montessori’s Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. Montessori also uses dedicated blocks of work time, guided choice of work activity and specially designed Montessori learning materials.
The Discovery MI Preschool combines this approach with the theory of multiple intelligences to provide a stimulating, fun environment where children can learn, play and grow.
A History of Montessori
Maria Montessori’s early medical practice focused on psychiatry. Maria Montessori also developed an interest in education, attending classes on pedagogy and immersing herself in educational theory. Her studies led her to observe, and call into question, the prevailing methods of teaching children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The opportunity to improve on these methods came in 1900, when Maria Montessori was appointed
co-director of a new training institute for special education teachers. With her scientific approach, Maria carefully observed and experimented to find out which teaching methods worked best. The program was considered a success when many of the children made unexpected improvements.
In 1907 Maria Montessori accepted a new challenge to open a childcare center in a poor inner-city district. This became the first Casa dei Bambini, a quality learning environment for young children. The youngsters were unruly at first, but soon showed great interest in working with puzzles, learning to prepare meals, and manipulating materials that held lessons in math. She observed how they absorbed knowledge from their surroundings, essentially teaching themselves.
Utilizing scientific observation and experience gained from her earlier work with young children, Maria designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered the children’s natural desire to learn. News of the school’s success soon spread through Italy and by 1910 Montessori schools were acclaimed worldwide.