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The basic idea of Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child; say Montessori educators, is full of sights and sound which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos children must gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail their sense and slowly but surely gain mastery of themselves and their environment.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the Prepared Environment, which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities and in a noncompetitive atmosphere.“Never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success.” The years between three and six are the years in which children learn the rules of human behavior most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to ‘civilizing’ children, freeing them through the acquisition of good manners and habits, to take their places in their culture.
Dr. Montessori has a recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the work itself ( not solely by the teachers personality) to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired an ‘inner discipline’ from their exposure to both physical and mental order. This is the core of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. Social adjustment, through a necessary condition for learning in a schoolroom, is not the purpose of education. Patterns of concentration, and thoroughness established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to observe, to think, to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand in hand.