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Montessori Education was founded in 1907 by Dr Maria Montessori, who was the first woman in Italy to become a physician. This form of education encourages learning through the five senses, rather than just through reading, writing and listening. Children learn at their own individual pace, from a wide range of activities they can choose from, in a child-friendly prepared environment.

This method, similar to natural learning, also follows the child, not interrupting their concentration and their interests, and where individual activities are the main thrust of the whole philosophy. Three hour blocks are the recommended allotted time for learning opportunities, either once or twice a day, allowing free flow from one activity to another as the child desires.

There are "four planes of development":


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Further Reading

  • Montessori Play & Learn : A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play From Two to Six by Lesley Britton
  • Teaching Montessori in the Home : The Pre-school Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock