From the standpoint of education Dr. Maria Montessori observed that there are critical periods for optimal learning in early childhood and the role of a Montessori teacher is to provide the support and create the environment that will reinforce the development process of the whole child. The process of engaging a child requires observations of what the child is attracted to and then building and expanding on that with the educational material. With freedom of choice, the child is engaged with an “absorbent mind” which creates the development of intellect. Through repetition a child reaches a level of mastery and develops self -esteem and self -confidence.
The Montessori method is an individualized approach to education. It encourages creativity, curiosity and leads children to ask questions, explore, investigate and think for themselves as they acquire skills.