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                                     Dr. Maria Montessori studied the development of children and                                                                 created a theory of education based on the premise that children                                                           are inherently self-motivated learners. She believed that this                                                                quality could best be nurtured and developed in a carefully                                                                    prepared environment that supports active learning with hands-on                                                   materials and which empowers the child's capabilities and                                                                  competencies. In such an environment, children develop self-                                                            esteem, independence, and a love for learning that provides a solid                                                   foundation for their entire school experience and stays with them                                                   throughout their lives.

Children long to do "real" work. They want to participate in family life and help care for themselves and their environment. Montessori helps meet these needs to give your child a strong basis in their most formative years for

developing into a well rounded, responsible, happy adult.


Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman to graduate from medical school, at the University of

Rome in Italy, recognized that the most important years in the development of a child's

character and intellect are the first six years of life. She pioneered the theory that during

those years children progress through sensitive periods. During these periods, or stages,

children have an acute ability to develop specific concepts and skills. Materials in a

Montessori classroom are specifically designed to facilitate such sequential learning

through concrete, individualized experiences.


Montessori teachers are specifically trained to conduct ongoing observations of each

child. Such observation enables teachers to support each child's specific development

based on his or her interests, strengths, needs, and learning styles. In so doing, teachers

act as guides, and children become active agents of their own learning. Children develop

interests and sensibilities and gain knowledge through independent work choices.


Maria Montessori was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Peace Education.

Pine Grove is actively devoted to teaching her principles of respect, grace and courtesy that are

common to all cultures.


For more information please visit, American Montessori Society

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