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My vision of the future is no longer people taking exams and proceeding then on that certification . . . but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher [one], by means of their own activity through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual.
-- Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori

Italian Physician & Educator

Maria Montessori

Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori

Italian physician and educator.

Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in the town of Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy, in 1870, she became the first female physician in Italy upon her graduation from medical school in 1896. Shortly afterwards, she was chosen to represent Italy at two different women's conferences, in Berlin in 1896 and in London in 1900.

In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn, and she concluded that they build themselves from what they find in their environment. Shifting her focus from the body to the mind, she returned to the university in 1901, this time to study psychology and philosophy. In 1904, she was made a professor of anthropology at the University of Rome.

Children teach themselves. This simple but profound truth inspired Montessori’s lifelong pursuit of educational reform, methodology, psychology, teaching, and teacher training–all based on her dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child.

The teachers at the Kids Tree Preschool have always been a consistent source of education, expertise, love and encouragement. Several teachers have been teaching here for 26-32 years and have formed lifelong friendships. This tradition was established by our third director, Christopher Smith. Today, all teachers in our team are highly educated in early childhood education and continue to gain information in this field. We are a close-knit family committed and dedicated to providing the best possible preschool program! It is our life's work!

Maria Montessori made her first visit to the United States in 1913, the same year that Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Educational Association at their Washington, DC, home. Among her other strong American supporters were Thomas Edison and Helen Keller. In 1915, she attracted world attention with her "glass house" schoolroom exhibit at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. On this second U.S. visit, she also conducted a teacher training course and addressed the annual conventions of both the National Education Association and the International Kindergarten Union. The committee that brought her to San Francisco included Margaret Wilson, daughter of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times–in 1949, 1950, and 1951.

Method of Montessori

Montessori method a knowledge-rich, children-led, self paced at the same time guided and enriched by knowledgeable teachers and the leadership of their peers in a nurturing environment, where a student could say "Please help me to do it"

As soon as you enter a classroom, you know that something different is afoot. Montessori classrooms are immediately recognizable. You will see children working independently and in groups, often with specially designed learning materials; deeply engaged in their work; and respectful of themselves and their surroundings.

The Montessori Method fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical.

Essential Elements of Montessori
  • Mixed age classrooms.
  • Children are allowed to choose they want to do from a range of activities.
  • Uninterrupted Work time
  • Children learn by themselves with the materials rather than by giving instructions
  • Children will be provided specialized educational materials.

The Prepared environment

The prepared environment is an important concept in the world of Montessori learning. It is an environment where the children will be given the maximum freedom to learn and explore by his own. This place is designed with a range of activities which could meet the developmental requirements of each children , where they can experience freedom and develop self discipline.

Below are the key principles of a Prepared environment.
  • The Child must be free to choice, learning, movement and exploration by his own.
  • The Prepared environment should be beautiful, uncluttered and well maintained. The environment should invite the learner to come in and work.
  • We should use nature to inspire children. They should be working outside in nature rather than continuously working inside the classroom. And thats why all the materials are made from nature like bamboo, cotton, metal and class. Polymers and plastics are least preferred. Furnitures also should be of the size where the child can help himself without frustration.
  • There should be always freedon for the children to interact with each other. This will prepare a child to work in a community or groups. Also, they develop the sense of compassion and empathy.
  • The focus of the child development needs to be his whole personality not limited to his intellectual capabilities.

Misconceptions about Montessori

Montessori is only for Pre-school

Your children can be at montessori and there are programs available until the age of 14.

Montessori is for special children

This is a misconception. The montessori way and environment are designed to meet all kind of children and it is more effective on the special children. It is all about freedom and self establishment.

Montessori is unsupervised learning for children

Montessori way of education is about help the children to help themselves. We definitely need the guidance from the teachers to independently explore and learn by themselves.

Montessori schools are aggressive which push the child too fast.

The children from Montessori schools are far ahead and advanced is because of the fact that they are not artificially pushed rather it open up the possibilities when they are allowed to learn by themselves at their own pace in a prepared environment.

Montessori schools are too structured which kills the creativity and Imagination.

Emphasizing the same thing. The philosophy of Montessori is to let the children learn and explore at their own pace. Freedom of choice, learning, movement and exploration is the key to enrich and nurture their creativity and imagination

Montessori method is outdated.

We need to agree the fact that, the basic and core principles of pedagogy has not changed. But the curriculum is continuously updated and changed as per the developmental needs to the evolving world.

Junior Kindergarten

If you feel your child isn't quite old enough to start kindergarten or might need additional skill development before getting into a school setting, Junior Kindergarten is the path for them. Nationally recognized curriculums adapted for Junior Kindergarten ensure that the pace of study is set for the specific needs and abilities of students aged 5 and older.

Skills Development

Junior Kindergarten program concentrates on skills including organizing work, controlling impulses, and others.

Learning Progress

Throughout the year, learning progress reports keep you well-informed every step of the way during your child's ongoing journey of school readiness.

Resources to learn more

Video from AMI explaining each level.
Difference between the conventional way and Montessori way.