Frequently Asked Questions
Who was Maria Montessori?
Born in 1870, she was an Italian physician and educator and was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. She developed her method of education early in this century for children from 2 years of age 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. Unique didactic teaching tools are used under the guidance of trained Montessori teachers. It’s 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 textbook, The Absorbent Mind.
What are the sensitive periods?
These are periods of unusual sensitivity to learning that every child passes through on his or her way to adulthood. Dr. Montessori noted these periods of intense interest in learning specific skills and referred to them as periods of specific maturation aptness. She observed that the sensitive period for reading and writing occurs between 3 and 5 years of age.
What is the Montessori concept of discipline?
The Montessori discipline is an “inner discipline.” The child develops control over his own behavior through his work with the Montessori materials. Dr. Montessori noted that so many so-called “discipline problems” occur when children were really frustrated by lack of proper, constructive, and intellectual stimulation. When a child’s intellectual and creative energies are utilized in a constructive manner there is no energy left over for deviate behavior.
What happens to children who transfer from a Montessori school to a public school?
For more than half a century, we have observed that the achievement of Montessori children in the public school system and have found them to be highly adaptable, enthusiastic about school, and independent in their study habits. They are often accelerated.
Helpful Links and Resources
- The Montessori Foundation http://www.montessori.org/
- Parent Help Line http://www.parenthelpline.org/
- Child Development Resource Center (CDRC) http://www.cdrc4info.org/
- Articles and Advice from Today’s Parent http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Parents.shtml
- Child Care Resource Center http://www.ccrcla.org/
- Empowering Parents http://www.empoweringparents.com/
- Parenting.org http://www.parenting.org/
- International Child Care Organization http://internationalchildcare.org/