Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician who developed a holistic educational approach, the Montessori Method, that is remarkably in line with modern understandings of neurology and physical development. Children are empowered in a prepared environment to be independent and learn advanced concepts via tangible, hands-on experiences.
Dr. Montessori developed a set curriculum complete with specifically-designed materials, and only these materials (and the lessons approved of and written by Dr. Montessori) are technically “Montessori.”
However, in the century that has elapsed since the Montessori Method was first developed, many parents and educators have adapted Dr. Montessori’s principles to work within a more flexible and modern environment; these adaptations are considered “Montessori-inspired,” but are not necessarily inferior to the works and materials used by Dr. Montessori.
On my website, you will see a mix of both “pure Montessori” and “Montessori-inspired” activities, and I believe the only difference between the two is whether or not they were designed by Dr. Montessori. (There are many websites out there that use either term but their activities are far from the spirit of Montessori, and I think that is key.)
Both sets of activities (Montessori and Montessori-inspired) are useful, provide hands-on learning, foster independence, and are developed to address the child as an independent learner.
So, whether you have a full set of Montessori curriculum materials, or need to only use more modern and readily accessible materials in your learning adventures, there is plenty of inspiration here for you.
I have divided my “Montessori” content into the following categories:
These categories are continuously being updated, so please let me know if there are any topics, materials, or lessons that you would like to see, and make sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter so as to not miss any posts.
If you’re interested in reading more about Dr. Montessori’s philosophies, please check out her books:
- The Absorbent Mind
- Secret of Childhood
- Dr. Montessori’s own Handbook
- Discovery of the Child
- The Montessori Method