Montessori is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children that has been tested world-wide for over 100 years. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, care of the environment, and compassion. It prepares them to contribute to society and to become fulfilled persons. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is mixed age group (3 – 6 ages in one class), individual choice of research and work, and uninterrupted concentration. Because children enjoy their work they remember what they learn. As you read through these pages you will discover the unique practices that make Montessori the fastest growing and most successful method of education today.
The name Montessori is not legally protected, and can be used by anyone without oversight. It is vital that, in searching for a good Montessori school or teacher-training center, one be aware of this. The International Montessori Index was created to provide detailed information on costs, training time and requirements, etc., to help with a wise choice of Montessori teacher training center. It is a good place to begin to learn about what to expect in a good Montessori school, and what books, toys, and materials are helpful in carrying out the Montessori method of education both in school and in the home.
All member Montessori training centers, organizations, and materials suppliers must make public their specifics details. There are of course teacher training centers not listed who may be good but it is very important that anyone interested in becoming a Montessori teacher research the details of any training course being considered; comparing time spent under the direct supervision of a trainer, the training of the trainers, certification or diploma issued, and teaching possibilities with that certification.
Montessori training centers and organizations throughout the world are welcome to become members of The International Montessori Index. Please to the correct continent page and look for the application at the bottom of that page. The International Montessori Index is completely supported by its members and accepts no commercial advertising.
FINDING A SCHOOL or TEACHER TRAINING COURSE: The International Montessori
Index is not sponsored by, or officially connected with, any specific Montessori school or training center. We are not in a position to direct individuals to Montessori schools or training courses. We hope the information on the “TEACHERS” and “SCHOOLS” pages of www.montessori.edu will help you in this search. We recommend that you read through this whole site before deciding on teacher training or a school for children.
LINKING THE INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI INDEX TO OTHER EDUCATIONAL SITES or SHARING WITH FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES: This site is being shared by many colleges and universities around the world; it is linked to many Montessori school sites, and is often cited in academic papers.