What is Montessori?

Pebblecreek Montessori School
  • What is Montessori?

    The Montessori method of education originated 100 years ago with an Italian physician named Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori’s lifelong study of child development convinced her that children are innately intelligent, have a strong desire for order, and a natural love of learning.

    Today’s authentic Montessori schools are child-centered and enable self-directed learning using manipulative learning materials. Students make discoveries about abstract concepts by working with three-dimensional materials that appeal to them.

    Multi-age classes are another distinguishing characteristic; for example, children ages 3-6; 6-9; and 9-12 years old typically are grouped together for three-year cycles.  Classroom teachers, often called “guides” or “directresses,” receive special training and certification as Montessori educators.

    Montessori students are often recognized for their respect for self, for others and for the environment around them, as these and other universal human values are emphasized in the classroom. Students learn to independently manage their time and develop a focused, self-motivated work ethic.

    Montessori schools are found worldwide today.  In the United States, there are approximately 4,000 private Montessori schools. Additionally, there are several hundred public schools centered on the Montessori method.

    For more information:
    Montessori 101:  Some Basic Information That Every Montessori Parent Should Know” by Tim Seldin, president of The Montessori Foundation and International Montessori Council (IMC).

    Finding an Authentic Montessori School” also by Tim Seldin, IMC.

  • Partnership with the International Montessori Council

    Pebblecreek has partnered with the International Montessori Council (IMC) to realize the ambitious long-term vision of becoming a recognized teacher training center, a model for bilingual immersion, innovators in curriculum development, and active participants in the IMC leadership council. 

    Pebblecreek Montessori School is the only fully IMC accreditated Montessori school in Collin County.

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