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Montessori Method

"The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.” – Dr. Maria Montessori


The child is in the critical process of self-construction.  Montessori educators study the path of development from childhood to adulthood, and all the phases that the child passes through, to understand how we can help, and not hinder, the work of the child.  We aim to understand and help the child’s natural innate development.  Dr. Montessori considered a general outline of the child’s development from birth to maturity.  This is generally divided into three main periods or “Planes of Development”: birth – 6 years, 6 – 11 years, and 12 – 18 years.

The first period is our focus at Meadows Montessori.  It is one of extremely rapid growth and great change and development.  Observation and experience show that children in this period are happy in the peace and security of a Montessori environment, exploring the world through their visual and tactile senses.  They have great energy and enthusiasm and a tremendous yearning for information.  Children enjoy learning because they are fresh to the world; everything is interesting to them!

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