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The Montessori Method | Queenswood Montessori Preschool

A woman ahead of her time, Maria Montessori, MD, devoted her life to the advancement of education for children of all ages. Her belief was that the typical teaching method of teacher-lecturing-student was not a conducive learning environment, failing many students. From this dissatisfaction, the Montessori schools were opened.

Since the early 1900s, Montessori schools have provided a unique learning environment tailored to students of all capabilities from infancy to 18 years old. Teachers are not considered the centre of learning; rather, it is the student that is the master of their learning, and the teacher’s role is to assist them in exposing their true potential with challenging experiences to be completed uninterrupted in a nurturing environment.

The essence of Montessori schools, therefore, is a pedagogy based on a truly hands on approach to education which develops all aspects of a student's intellectual, spiritual and emotional psyche so that they may become a well-rounded individual.

Evaluation of the Montessori method

 In a 2006 study published in the journal "Science," authors concluded that Montessori students showed better performance in traditional learning areas like mathematics and language as well as social skills. Children who go through a Montessori program reap enormous benefits both socially and academically. "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."*
The study used two control groups studied over the course of several years.

Other studies show that Montessori children score very well on standardized tests and rank well above average on "soft skills" such as following direction, promptness, listening and adapting to new situations.

In a Montessori classroom the children also develop strength of character. The way that the classroom is designed and functions encourages the development of: self-discipline including self-control and willpower; concentration; independence; self-confidence; honesty; and self-respect.

*Science. September 29, 2006. vol. 313."The Early Years: Evaluating Montessori" Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest