What is Montessori?
The Philosophy of Montessori education is based upon the premise that freedom and discipline are qualities that must be developed within each child. Without discipline, the child is not free. An undisciplined individual is enslaved by immediate desires that often do not serve as building blocks for a fulfilled and accomplished life. With freedom as the goal, the Montessori approach helps the child master his or her own behavior by providing carefully constructed materials in a stimulating environment. These ideas are not lofty theories. Rather, they have been realized in ordinary ways in Montessori classrooms all over the world.