The Montessori Teaching Philosophy
Montessori environments for infants, and classrooms from preschool through high school, are base on a philosophy of education, very different than the experienced by most of us adults. Rather that beginning with and adult-school-society dictated set of lessons, the Montessori ‘guide” (as the teacher is called) builds on the natural human tendencies toward exploration, hard work, creativity, and communication, to create a learning environment which feeds the evolving passions of the children. Clearly the adult in charge of such an environment requires a very different preparation. The traditional Montessori training is a full year of graduate work for each of the following three age levels, and stage of development, of children:
- Birth to three years
- Three to six years
- Six to twelve years
- The Montessori middle and high school teacher ideally has taken all three training courses plus graduate work in an academic area or areas.