We believe that children are naturally born with the inner directive to meet their own needs and to learn. Our goal as Montessori educators is to embrace this innate drive by providing optimal learning environments for our bright, engaged, and inquisitive students. Regardless of developmental stage, the opportunity to choose your own activity, to move and work freely within the ground rules, and to work for long blocks of time without interruption, are fundamental elements of learning the Montessori way.
“In sum, Montessori programs are designed to stimulate topic interest through the environment, the presentation of lessons, and the linking of old knowledge to new. Montessori education also capitalizes on children’s personal interests. A single teacher who is aware of all the materials, of what lessons each child has had, and of what else has particularly inspired each child can be aware of how to make interconnections and inspire further interest for an individual child. Montessori school children learn not because they have to memorize for tests - typically there are no tests - but because they are interested in what they are learning. Montessori education is set up to create interest in topics and to capitalize on the interests children already have, thereby optimizing learning. Being interested can be viewed as being internally motivated to learn about something.”
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius