Helping Children to Learn and Grow Using the Montessori Method

Montessori is used to describe a method (or style) of teaching developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method can be described as a style of education which strives to provide a balance between child, teacher and environment.

A triangle showing the how the Montessori environment depends on the balance between child, teacher and environment

Relationship between Child and Teacher

  • The child leads, indicating when they are willing and ready to learn a new skill (lesson)
  • The teacher observes, guides, facilitates, and inspires the child
  • The teacher respects the child, not as a little adult, but as a capable human being
  • The teacher models desirable behaviors including grace and courtesy
  • The child shows grace, courtesy, and respect to the teacher

Relationship between Child and Environment

  • Children have the freedom to explore and learn in the environment
  • The child relies on an orderly environment to focus on their work
  • The environment is set up as child-sized so there is no need to depend on adult help
  • The materials in the environment are practical and self-correcting
  • Children respect and do their part to maintain order in the environment

Relationship between Teacher and Environment

  • The teacher prepares and maintains order to create a calm and joyful environment
  • The interaction between the child and the environment shows the teacher how the environment should be prepared

Our care of the children should be governed not by the desire to 'make them learn things', but by the endeavor always to keep burning within them the light which is called intelligence.

Maria Montessori