Designed by the Italian scientist, Maria Montessori, in the mid 1900's, the Montessori philosophy is a hands-on curriculum that provides individualized learning to fit the needs of every child. Montessori believed children were like "sponges" absorbing everything through the senses from his/her environment. The Montessori environment serves to provide a learning opportunity that nurtures the child's natural curiosity.
The Montessori Method emphasizes the development of the whole child--targeting all of the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual aspects. The goal of Montessori is to grow a child who can develop independence and an internal motivation to continue actively learning.