THE INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI INDEX
The name Montessori is not legally protected, and unfortunately can be used by anyone without oversight. It is vital that, in the search for a good Montessori school or teacher-training center, one be aware of this. The International Montessori Index was created to provide detailed comparative information on costs, training time and requirements, etc., to help with a wise choice of Montessori teacher training center. It is also a good place to begin to learn about what to expect in authentic good Montessori programs.
Montessori is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Authentic Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, time-management skills, care of the environment and each other. It can prepare 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. Group lessons or lectures by an adult are seldom found in a Montessori classroom, and learning abounds, Children 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.
We would not expect an excellent practical nurse to perform heart surgery because training to be a nurse and an MD are very different. Likewise , we should not expect a quickly trained adult to achieve the kind of results that are expected when we learn about the potential of a Montessori education. Keep your standards high.
FINDING A SCHOOL or TEACHER
TRAINING COURSE: The International Montessori
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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.
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