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The Montessori pedagogy

Montessori had great respect for children and their learning potential. She showed this respect by observing children and meeting them where they were in their development. Montessori believed that every child has an inner natural guide for its development, and that children’s fields of interest often follow a certain pattern regardless of gender and social class. Preschool children have periods where they are especially eager to learn certain skills. Examples of such periods are the early eagerness to walk, talk or feed themselves or the later interest for numbers and letters. Maria Montessori called these periods’ sensitive periods in a child’s development.

The freedom to develop is central throughout the Montessori pedagogy. In order to enjoy and benefit from this freedom, the child needs a set of rules that make life safe and predictable.

Children strive to be independent and do things for themselves. In a Montessori preschool the child is encouraged to do as much as possible on his own and an adult only helps when the child needs it. The goal is a happy child proud of his own achievements.