12 Points of Montessori

1.  The Montessori method is based on years of patient observation of child nature by
one of the greatest educational geniuses this century has known.
2.  The method has proved itself of universal application. Within a single generation it has been tried with complete success
with children of almost every civilized nation. Race, color, climate, nationality, social rank, type of civilization
these make no difference to its successful application.
3.  This method has revealed the small child as a lover of work, intellectual work,
spontaneously chosen and carried out with profound joy.
4.  The method is based on the child’s need to learn by doing. At each stage in the child’s mental growth,
corresponding occupations are provided by means of which he develops his faculties.
5.  This method offers the child a maximum of spontaneity, it nevertheless enables him to reach the same,
or even a higher level of scholastic attainment as under the other methods.
6.  Self-discipline is our goal. It originates within the child because of his interest and need for order.
Time out is used if the child needs to re-assess.
7.  The method is based on a profound respect for the child giving room to grow and become independent.
The adult allows a large measure of freedom for exploration and creativity.
8.  This method enables the teacher to deal with each child individually in each subject,
and guide him according to his individual requirements.
9.  The Montessori method allows each to work at his own pace. The quick child is not held back by the slow,
nor is the latter, in trying to keep up with the former, obliged to flounder along hopelessly out of his depth.
Each stone in the mental edifice is “well and truly laid” before the next is added.
10.  The Montessori method does away with the competitive spirit. More than this,
at every turn it presents endless opportunities among the children for mutual help –
which is joyfully given and gratefully appreciated.
11.  Since the child works from his own free choice, without competition and coercion,
he is freed from the danger of overstrain, feelings of inferiority,
and other experiences which are apt to affect the child’s self-esteem.
12.  The Montessori method develops every facet of the child’s development:
emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social.
The child’s self esteem grows as does his love of learning.

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” ~  Maria Montessori