Maria Montessori & the Montessori Method

“Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education.” ~Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood.

Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator who believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than a “blank slate” to be written upon; that learning requires a stimulating environment which engages all the senses; and that the teacher’s role is primarily in organizing materials and establishing a general classroom culture. Many homeschooling parents agree with the Montessori philosophy of following the child’s interests and not interrupting the exciting process of discovery which leads to a love of learning. In this way, the Montessori method is similar to unschooling. The teacher’s role primarily involves organizing a stimulating learning environment with cultural, artistic, scientific, and other educational materials. This method places an emphasis on children of all ages playing and working together, with older children sharing their knowledge with the younger ones. There are no grades or other forms of reward or punishment. Assessment is by portfolio and observation.

Learn more…

History of Montessori Education – Includes Maria Montessori’s biography, from the American Montessori Society.

The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori – e-text; read it online for free.

Magellan Montessori – Homeschooling the Montessori way.

Montessori Homeschooling – Created by and for homeschooling families.

Montessori on a Budget – Formerly the Affordable Montessori Homeschool Resources and Free Downloads blog.

Montessori at Home – 8 Principles to Know, from Simple Homeschool.

Montessori for Special Needs – This blog is filled with questions and answers regarding Montessori and special needs including Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Montessori for Ages 12-18 – Montessori Philosophy and Practice for the Middle School & High School Years, by Michael Olaf. Montessori for teenagers in junior and senior high school is called “Erkinder” meaning “Farm School.” The concept can be updated and modified to fit modern times.

Montessori At The Secondary Levels – PDF article, from The Montessori Foundation.

Montessori Articles and Interviews – Interested in learning more about Montessori and education? Here you will find helpful articles, interviews, and even quotes that shed more light on child development and the Montessori method.

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