The Montessori method is not a curriculum and it is not to be confined to schools. It is a way of observing a child, each child individually, to discover his or her unique personality, needs, tendencies, and talents; it is respect for each child's choices and interests and ways of processing information and learning; it is a profound respect for and protection of the crucial periods of concentration and contemplation that heal the child and reveal the peaceful, happy, normal human-kind, generous, focused, hard-working, healthy and creative.
The Montessori prepared environment supports free movement in a beautiful and inspiring place. In it the world is introduced with joy, beauty, and precise work with the hands and the mind; it is an environment where learning and work are seen as the means to happiness, self-construction, and a deep love for others and the world.
The high academic achievement that usually accompanies Montessori education is merely a by-product of learning with joy.
With our sincere thanks for your support, we wish you joy and contentment in your role as parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend of children. What could be more important?
-Susan Stephenson, Permission to reprint portions of Child of the World, Michael Olaf's Essential Montessori for Three to Twelve has been granted by the Michael Olaf Company, www.michaelolaf.net