What Is Montessori?
The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, a brilliant educator, scientist, humanitarian and healer. She believed that a prepared environment was integral to a child's development. The Montessori classroom is a child-centered community, designed to facilitate the maximum amount of independent learning and exploration.
In keeping with Dr. Montessori's beliefs, New England Montessori School's philosophy is child-centered. Each classroom is divided into various areas, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Mathematics, Language, etc. Everything in the classroom can be seen and touched, having specific use.
Moreover, each child learns how to interact with their friends in a peaceful manner. Children also learn to take responsibility for themselves and each other — respecting each other's differences, abilities, work and workspace — and to treat one another with courtesy and dignity. This understanding prepares each child for entry into society and ultimately, adulthood.