What is Montessori?
The Montessori Method was pioneered by Italian doctor Maria Montessori at the end of the nineteenth century. It has, as its central idea, freedom for the child within a carefully-structured environment. It is based on mutual respect and co-operation.
The teacher in a Montessori classroom is more of a guide than an instructor, someone who recognises that all children are intrinsically motivated to learn, and that they absorb knowledge without effort when provided with the right kind of activities at the right stage of development.