Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the founder of the Montessori method. Montessori discovered that children learn best when they are free to discover for themselves within the structure of the learning environment. Her philosophy is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism. From 2-6 years of age, children are in the period that Montessori referred to as the Absorbent Mind. During this time, children form their personality along with their mind, memory and power to understand. Montessori recognized that young children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the work around them. Positive stimulation and happy surroundings are so important during this impressionable stage of their life.
At Pembroke Montessori, our classrooms are designed to promote the development of emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs. The classroom is a simplified reality with which children interact. Our teachers lead the children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover. A Montessori teacher’s ultimate objective is to help children to learn independently and retain the curiosity, creativity and intelligence with which they were born. Montessori is all about instilling a life long love of learning in the child.
"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed."