The Montessori Approach

Montessori is an educational approach developed by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, which supports a child's development by offering educational themes at every stage of their life. Montessori education provides a thoughtfully prepared learning environment with activities tailored to each child’s developmental needs. Montessorian educators guide children to stimulate their learning, concentration and social development. Children involved in Montessori programs also develop a greater sense of curiosity about the world. 

Through the Montessori approach, children become confident, responsible, self-reliant learners. The prepared environment allows children to act independently and respond to their natural tendency to work. 

Children have an innate desire to learn. The Montessori classroom encourages this trait by allowing them to engage in self-directed, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained educator. Children develop concentration and self-discipline. They progress at their own pace based on their capabilities and interests.

Montessori education is found in over 22,000 schools worldwide and has a proven record of success - which is more successful than any other educational approach. In Canada, Montessori education is available for children from infancy through adolescence. There are over 1000 Montessori schools across Canada, including Red Deer Montessori. 

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About Dr. Maria Montessori

“The education of a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing them for school, but for life.” - Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori graduated from the University of Rome in 1896; she was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. As a physician, anthropologist and scientist, she brought a new perspective to the study of human development. She came to understand how children interact with their environment, including those around them. She identified stages of human development by observing children from birth to maturity. Her understanding of human development was the basis for developing activities and materials to serve the child’s desire to learn and discover the world.