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child-solving-problemsFreedom, order, discipline, and liberty are drives, which occur naturally and in specific form within each individual child. Montessori methods enable the student to discover those forms.

The concept of the Montessori method is to provide a positive unlimited opportunity for children to learn in their own individual way and at their own level. The Montessori method has been proven for over 80 years and has achieved worldwide success.

Children are encouraged to choose their activities from amongst various Montessori materials. The work process involves attaining skills, refining tastes, developing sensitivities, strengthening concentration, solving problems and achieving new insights. The resulting experience is aesthetic, and as such, provides an excellent platform for learning.

Dr. Montessori observed that children go through various sensitive stages, and at each one, the child becomes very receptive to learning specific skills. The doctor emphasized the importance of developing these senses, most particularly between the ages of two and six years old. This is believed to be the time when the child naturally wishes to use and perfect his or her senses and sense of what they are doing. Thus, the materials used in a Montessori classroom environment allow the children to learn by seeing, hearing, touching, feeling, and moving.

The Montessori prepared environment allows children to meet their needs through individual and spontaneous activities. The Children work with scientifically selected materials. The teacher would make a small group or individual type of presentation of the materials to the child. The children are then free to choose from the given activities according to their individual needs. The child builds concentration and self-discipline as they learn skills. Their education is an active rather than passive process. The child educates himself.

Upon entering the Montessori classroom, the parent and child will find the environment bright, warm, full of plants, art, music and of course, books too. There are generally five areas full of interesting materials: Practical life, sensorial learning, math, language, geography and cultural. The materials in each area are most often self-correcting, which allow the child to work on their own. This builds self-confidence through competency.