The Montessori approach has been used successfully with children aged from 2 ½ to 18 years and from all socio-economic, emotional, mental and physical levels. Maria Montessori believed very strongly that intelligence is not fixed at birth, nor is the human potential anywhere near as limited as it sometimes seems in traditional education. We know that each child is a full and complete individual in his/her own right. Even when children are very small, they deserve to be treated with the full and sincere respect that we would extend to their parents. Respect breeds respect, and creates an atmosphere within which learning is tremendously facilitated.
Success at school is directly tied to the degree to which children believe that they are capable and independent human beings. If they knew the words, even young children would ask: “Help me learn to do it for myself”! The Montessori system allows children to develop a meaningful degree of independence and self-discipline, which sets a pattern for a lifetime of good work habits and a sense of responsibility. Children learn to take pride in doing things for themselves carefully and well. Montessori schools treat each child as a unique individual. Children learn at their own pace, and learn in ways that work best for them to discover and develop their own talents and possibilities.
The goal is flexible and creative.
Learning the right answers may get a child through school, learning how to become a life-long, independent learner will take her anywhere! Montessori teaches children to think, not simply to memorise, regurgitate, and forget.