At our Montessori School in Manalapan NJ we focus on an approach to education with the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports and respects each individual’s unique development.
Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of what is called “The Montessori Method of Education,” based this approach on her scientific observations of young children’s behavior. Maria Montessori became involved with education as a doctor teaching mentally handicapped children. In 1907, she opened a child care center for the children of poor families. She based the program on her observations that young children learn best in a home like setting filled with developmentally conducive materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners. She carried her message throughout the world, including the United States, as early as 1912. The Montessori approach was more widely adopted in the US by the mid- 1950s.