Sum Up Montessori

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

When I meet people and tell them I am a Montessori teacher I either get  “Oh that’s awesome, I love Montessori!”, or “Oh, I’ve always wondered: What makes Montessori different?”

Phew! Loaded question!

I’ll be honest, I have a hard time summarizing the key points of Montessori Education because I find it all vital and important to the entire idea of it. I realize people just want a snippet, but it’s hard for me to summarize something I love so deeply. I mention how it’s a philosophy of education based on the Teacher following what’s best for each individual child. I try to incorporate how the Teacher’s job is to present lessons in a way that the child gains a love of learning independently, instead of being forced to learn specific things at specified times.

By that point, the person’s curiosity has been either piqued or sated. It’s so hard not to continue going on about it, running the risk of sounding like an obsessed crazy person.

I’d like to know from people who read this regularly or just popping in: How do you describe Montessori? I’d love to hear the descriptions from parents, homeschoolers, even people outside of Montessori. If you’re not sure what it is, tell me what you think Montessori Education stands for! 

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2 thoughts on “Sum Up Montessori

  1. Asking them a question about where they heard about it or why they are interested might help. It might help you guide your answer. Are they are making small talk? Deciding options for schooling for their child? Are they a teacher? It will guide you towards which points to focus on and how indepth to discuss it.

    I’d describe Montessori as a child lead education philosophy that emphasizes nature, practical life skills, hands on learning, and self discovery.

    1. I love that you summarized it in one accurate sentence. You’re right – A great way to gauge interest is to mention keywords that if they’re interested in, they’ll ask more about what they mean. Information is becoming so bite-sized these days that if you can’t express yourself quickly, people lose interest.

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