The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
The Montessori teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle--each element inextricably linked and a vital part of the whole. The teacher thoughtfully prepares a classroom environment with materials and activities that entice her students to learn. She may guide her students to new lessons and challenges, but it is the child’s interaction with what the environment has to offer that enables learning to occur.
Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized.
Montessori education offers children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.
In order to compete and excel in the 21st century, children need to be equipped with the skills that will guarantee success in today’s world. That is why The Kensington School has purposefully integrated 21st century skills into the Montessori curriculum.