As a trained Montessori teacher it has become apparent to me that the universal Montessori curriculum created and used around the world to guide children toward reaching their full potential should be a system adopted to educate all children. It is often heard and discussed in the Montessori community how children who attended Montessori schools are successful and have become creative free thinkers.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the enormous potential of all children. Her earlier research was with children with special needs in Rome. As a result of her work with these children, they reached academic levels of “normal” children in Italy.
In the United States there are approximately 8000 Montessori schools. Out of the 8000 Montessori schools there are approximately 250 Public Montessori schools and 150 Montessori Charter schools; Montessori education is available to many more children there than in Canada. There are a few Public Montessori Schools in Canada on the West Coast. There are private Montessori schools throughout Canada and eventually it would be wonderful if for more public Canadian schools adopt the Montessori program.
At Home With Montessori wants to help parents and educators understand and implement the Montessori Method and curriculum so that it becomes widely understood. As a Montessori educator one of the questions I am frequently asked is, “What is Montessori?” Our hope is that the term Montessori becomes a household word and people become familiar with understanding that Montessori can be adopted into homes, daycares and public schools effectively.
Our inspiration is the love of children and the hope that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our goal is to spread the news about the great benefits of Montessori education and our dream is that Montessori becomes a household term and as many people as possible become At Home With Montessori.
“No one can be free unless he is independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence” (Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, p. 95-96).