Child outside climbing equipment

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Child folding Montessori classroom

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

The Montessori curriculum is organised in a developmental sequence from one phase of learning to the next. Individual students, however, are able to work successfully through elements of the curriculum in a sequence unique to themselves. For this reason, comparisons between students may not be meaningful. The validity of norm-referenced assessment and the ranking of students are further reduced in the Montessori context because, in a multi-age classroom, there are comparatively small numbers of children at the same age and stage.

Primary aged girl on floor carpet with Montessori map material

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Young girl at table working on Montessori material

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Young girl cleaning table

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Two young children building large blocks

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Young girl working with Montessori materials

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Montessori environments are prepared to be both beautiful and ordered.

Young girl in Montessori classroom with materials

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Young girl arranging flowers

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Montessori primary children science lesson

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Montessori teacher group lessons with young boys

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

From birth children are deeply interested in everything around them. They are driven to explore their world in the service of their own development. If they are to respond to this drive, children need the freedom to explore and discover their environment independently, and to engage their full attention on what interests them with a minimum of interference and interruption.

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Dr. Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.