Principles of Montessori
Montessori understands that children are natural learners. By providing an enriched classroom with engaging materials and expert, caring teachers, all students build a strong foundation for a life-long love of learning.
According to Professor Angela Lillard, the key principles of Montessori education are:
- Hands-on activity and movement enhances thinking and learning.
- Learning and well-being are improved when children have a sense of control in the classroom.
- Children learn best when they are interested in their activities.
- Tying rewards or bribes to learning, like stickers, money for grades, etc., negatively impacts motivation in the long term.
- Teamwork and learning together is effective.
- Learning meaningful content is deeper and richer than learning in abstract contexts.
- Quality, trained and experienced teachers make a significant difference.
- Peace, order and predictability are beneficial to children.
Adapted from: Angela Lillard, Montessori, Science Behind the Genius, (2005).