Montessori

The Montessori Method

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The Montessori Method

History 

Born in Italy in 1870, Maria Montessori graduated from the medical school at the University of Rome in 1896, making her Italy’s first female physician. During her career, she focused her studies on the development of children. Through extensive observation, Dr. Montessori developed her approach to education, which emphasizes natural development of children and their intrinsic human tendencies to explore, discover, and learn from the world around them.

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Learning at Canadian Montessori

At Canadian Montessori our curriculum covers the whole spectrum of Montessori training and prepares your child for formal schooling. The five Montessori Areas of Learning are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture.

 

The child in the Montessori classroom is an active and independent learner. A Montessori education prepares children to think creatively and rigorously, and helps develop the attention span, concentration, working memory, fine and gross motor skills and flexibility.

There are varied practices that fall under the umbrella ‘Montessori’, and some of the ones we employ are:
 

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 1.8 – 4. This helps teach younger children maturity, and older children responsibility.
  • Student choice of activity from a range of pre-prepared options. This can encourage independence as well as develop decision making skills.
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideal for improving children’s attention span and focus.
  • We work from specialized educational materials developed adhering to strict Montessori methods.
  • Freedom of movement within the classroom, allowing the children to explore their environment and develop a sense of independence.
  • A trained Montessori teacher in every classroom, ensuring all methods are followed accurately and honestly.

Videos and Research about Montessori

Videos and Research about Montessori

What research says…

  • Dr. Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, has been studying Montessori’s methods for more than two decades. In 2005, Dr. Lillard published a book called Montessori: The Science Behind the Geniusin which she talks about how “modern research in psychology suggests the Montessori system is much more suited to how children learn and develop than the traditional system is.”
  • And in a 2006 study published in Science magazine, she studied a large group of children — some of whom were selected in a random lottery to attend a public Montessori school, and some of them who attended traditional public school — to determine whether a Montessori education made a difference. The answer: a resounding yes.
  • By the end of kindergarten, the Montessori children performed better on standardized tests of reading and math, engaged in more positive interaction on the playground, and showed more advanced social cognition and executive control. They also showed more concern for fairness and justice. At the end of elementary school, Montessori children wrote more creative essays with more complex sentence structures, selected more positive responses to social dilemmas, and reported feeling more of a sense of community at their school.