“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!