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Common Questions and Answers

Who Was Maria Montessori

She was an Italian physician and educator, the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. Born in 1870, she developed her method of education early in this century for children ages 2yrs through high school. At the time of her death in 1952, she was working on a college curriculum.

What is the Montessori method?

It is an approach to education which takes into consideration the entire potential of a child, socially, mentally, physically, and emotionally by utilizing unique didactic teaching tools under the guidance of trained Montessori teachers. It is a highly individualized system of education, utilizing sensory training.

What is meant by “The Absorbent Mind”?

“The Absorbent Mind” refers to the child’s tremendous, innate ability to absorb ideas, concepts, and knowledge from the environment.

Maria Montessori entitled her major textbook “The Absorbent Mind.”

What is the Montessori concept of discipline?

The Montessori is an “inner discipline.” The child develops control over his own behavior through his work with the Montessori materials. Dr. Montessori notes that many so called discipline problems occur when children were really frustrated by a lack of proper, constructive, intellectual stimulations. When a child’s intellectual and creative energies are utilized in a constructive manner, there is no energy left over for deviant behavior.

What happens to children who transfer from a Montessori school to a traditional school?

For over half a century, we have observed the achievement of Montessori children in the “traditional school” system and have found them to be highly adaptable, enthusiastic about school and independent in their study habits. They are often accelerated.

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