Welcome to Montessori Education.
A century ago, Maria Montessori introduced the world to a new type of classroom — the "prepared environment" — which did away with the traditional teacher-as-master model in exchange for a wholly new method that encourages each child to happily develop mastery over himself.
But what happens when a teacher or parent is no longer the "giant" ruler of the classroom or home, when children have the freedom (within limits) to direct their own development — won't they then just go wild?
No. In fact, in the right environment, the opposite occurs.
As countless teachers and parents have experienced firsthand since Maria Montessori opened her original school in Italy years ago, children truly transform themselves in classrooms and homes where Montessori principles are put into practice. With caring and firm guidance, children develop into independent individuals who are competent in the world, who are confident in themselves, and who are capable of connecting meaningfully with others. And this is not just talk or ‘hippie’ fantasy.
When observing in genuine, effective Montessori classrooms (not all “Montessori” schools are created equal), first-time visitors are regularly surprised to find how "well-behaved", "advanced", and "independent" the children are. It can seem impossible that children would actually choose to work with such focus — and without complaints, tantrums, talking back, etc. — so afterward parents want to know, “What’s the secret??”
At Montessori Education, our goal is to help parents and teachers discover this unique environment of freedom within limits so they too can experience its incredible impact on their child — and on themselves. For as Maria Montessori once noted, "The child developing harmoniously and the adult improving himself at his side make a very exciting and attractive picture."
There's a lot to be gained through Montessori, for both child and adult. Reach out today to learn more.
About Jesse McCarthy, Founder & Head Guide at Montessori Education
Jesse McCarthy, author of the upcoming book Montessori Education, is an expert in child development. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his Montessori teacher's diploma for 3- to 6-year-olds from the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD).
Jesse has worked with thousands of children, teachers, and parents through the years, as an elementary & junior-high school teacher, as a Head of School for infants to 8th graders, as an executive with a nationwide group of private schools, and as an expert parent and teacher mentor.