The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. Through her research and work, Dr. Montessori concluded that no human being is truly educated by another person. This is particularly true for children. A child's understanding is gained through their experiences, and that, in turn, creates a natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge which will continue throughout the child's lifetime.
One goal of the Montessori Method is that children should not be filled with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather have children cultivate their own natural desire to learn. This desire to learn is experienced in the specially prepared environment within the classrooms. In order to learn, there must be concentration, and the best way for a child to concentrate is by fixing their attention on some task the child is performing with their hands.
Upon visiting a Montessori classroom, it is apparent that the materials are developed in order to create a hands-on experience for each child. The well-prepared classroom environment helps the child to be self-disciplined, independent, and respect all things, living and non-living. The child also develops the necessary skills required for a lifetime of creative learning. Children carry within themselves the potential for what they can become. To learn more about Maria Montessori and her methods, visit the International Montessori Index.
Missouri Valley Montessori History
Missouri Valley Montessori School of Bismarck, North Dakota was started in 1977 by a group of parents who wanted a more educational, loving environment for their children. Parents provided the help necessary to get the school running by making equipment, varnishing chairs and tables, implementing fundraising projects, and contacting service organizations for donations. After over 30 years of operation, parents continue to play a vital role in the functions of Missouri Valley Montessori.