Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician who designed a method of education by observing young children and how they learn. Her extensive early childhood research, which is supported by modern research, revealed that children experience sensitive periods for learning during their early years. They easily learn particular skills during the corresponding sensitive periods, more so than at any other time in the child’s life. Dr. Montessori’s method encourages the natural development of the whole child from birth through maturity. Out of this research-based foundation, the Montessori “Method of Education” emerged.
It takes a Village
Central Academy – Bumble Bees is a community of young learners who are nurtured by both their parents and teacher into becoming global citizens. Students move freely within the classroom, selecting work that captures their interest. Even very young children assist in the care of the environment. When something spills, students help each other carefully clean things up. Parents are often amazed to see small children in Montessori classrooms sweeping, dusting, carrying pitchers of water, and pouring liquids with barely a drop spilled. The children go about their work so calmly and purposefully that it is clear to even the casual observer that this is, in fact, their own environment.