The Montessori Method Of Education

The basic concept behind the Montessori Method of education is to "help" the child move naturally through the successive stages of development without hindering his or her growth. (Montessori, 1969. The Formation of Man.) This educational help is given to the child by the means of a "prepared environment." (Montessori, 1967. The Absorbent Mind. ) The prepared environment of the Montessori preschool classroom is an exciting and pleasurable experience for the child. The teacher carefully selects the classroom materials in response to predominate developmental periods through which the children are passing. When the preschool environment has been successfully prepared, the materials and activi

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