Globe and Mail on Montessori Learning Method
According to this Globe and Mail article, Montessori is different. The program, which follows the philosophy of founder Maria Montessori, attracts many families and inspires many educators, at the same time as its differences can challenge provincial curriculum officials.
Children at Montessori schools use whatever materials are at hand to learn, as well as specialized, hands-on, tactile learning materials. The key is emphasizing the teaching moment.
Montessori’s popularity is undiminished. “Looking back on my own elementary school experiences, I wish that I had the opportunity to be a Montessori student,” says Justin Hogeterp, a software developer who has two children at the Dundas school, where tuition is approximately $10,000 a year.