2812 West Britton Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
"1. It is based on years of scientific observation of children.
2. It has proven itself to be universal in application. Within a single generation, it has been tried with complete success with children of almost every nation. Race, colour, climate, nationality, social rank, type of civilization - all these make no difference to its successful application.
3. It has revealed the child as a lover of work, intellectual work, spontaneously chosen and carried out with satisfaction.
4. It is based on the child's need to learn by doing. At each stage in the child's mental growth, corresponding occupations provide means by which he develops his faculties.
5. While it offers the child a maximum of spontaneity, it nevertheless enables him to reach the same, or even a higher, level of scholastic attainment as under the old system.
6. Though it does away with the necessity of coercion by means of reward and punishments, it achieves an active discipline that originates within the child and it is not imposed from without.
7. It is based on a profound respect for the child's personality and removes from him the dominating influence of the adult, leaving him room to grow in cognitive independence. The child is allowed a large measure of liberty (not license) which forms the basis of real discipline.
8. It enables the teacher to deal with each child individually in each subject, and thus guide him according to his individual requirements.
9. Each child works at his own pace. Hence, the advanced child is not held back by the slow learner, nor is the slow learner required to grapple with complicated concepts before the basic concepts are completely understood. Each step is thoroughly mastered before the next is introduced.
10. It mitigates the competitive spirit and some of its more harmful results. More than this, at every turn it presents endless opportunities among the children for mutual help - which is joyfully given and gratefully received.
11. Since the child works from his own free choice, without competition and coercion, he is freed from danger of overstrain, feeling of inferiority, and other experiences which are apt to be the unconscious cause of profound mental disturbances in later life.
12. Finally, the Montessori Method develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his intellectual faculties but also his powers of deliberation, initiative, and the independent choice. By living as a free member of a real social community, the child is trained in those fundamental social qualities that form the basis for good citizenship.
Excerpted from the preschool's website