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The central purpose of Montessori pre-school is to help each child develop a positive self-image. Through a carefully planned environment, he is led to develop the necessary insights, appreciation and skills for a lifetime of creative learning.
The basic idea of the Montessori approach to education is that every child carries unseen within him the potentialities of the man he will soon become. In order that the child develop his physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual capacities to the fullest, he must have freedom — a freedom to be achieved through order and self discipline.
The world of the child is full of sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order; he slowly gains mastery of himself and of his environment. Dr. Montessori developed the “prepared environment” which possess a certain order and disposes the child to develop his capabilities at his own speed, according to his own capacities in a non-competitive atmosphere…
…In brief, the Montessori approach is designed to help the child build within himself the foundations for a lifetime of creative learning.
By: Dr. Urban H. Fleege, Professor of Child Psychology, De Paul University