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Montessori Philosophy

   The fundamental belief of the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, social and emotional potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child, say Montessori educators is full of sensory impressions which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, children must gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail their senses, and slowly but surely gain mastery of themselves and their enviromnent.

       Lethbridge Montessori children celebrate 100 anniversary of Montessori education, 2007.

   Dr. Montessori developed what she called the “prepared environment”, which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capabilities, and in a non-competitive atmosphere, “Never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success”. The years between birth and six years are the years in which children learn the rules of human behaviour most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to freeing children through the acquisition of good habits to take their places in their culture.

   Dr. Montessori has recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activities and offers the child stimulation, but it is the child who learns, who is motivated through work itself (not solely by the teacher's personality) to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn it is because they have acquired an inner discipline from their exposure to both physical and mental order. Patterns of concentration, perseverance and thoroughness, established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to observe, to think, to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.

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