What is the Montessori method of education?
The child-centered approach to education pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, has been altering schools around the world for more than a century. You can tell something is different as soon as you walk into a classroom. Montessori classrooms are easily recognizable. Children will be working alone and in groups, frequently with specially created learning tools, and will be deeply interested in their work while also being respectful of themselves and their environment. In the Exupery kindergarten, classes with children at the age of 2,5 are held according to the Montessori method.
Given the freedom and support to questions, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly - a skill set for the 21st century.