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Some Montessori History
About the Montessori School System
The Montessori educational system was created more than 100 years ago by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. The Montessori system stresses independence, freedom within limits, and an inherent respect for a child’s natural physical and social development.
Specific characteristics of the Montessori system include:
Mixed age classrooms
Students choose from an arrange of instructional options
Uninterrupted blocks of work time
Students learn through hands-on work with materials
Specialized Montessori educational materials
Freedom of movement within the classroom
A trained Montessori teacher
In addition, many Montessori schools design their programs with reference to Montessori’s model of human development from her published works.