The master principle of the Montessori Method can be summed up as education through self-activity in a structured environment. This is structured by the provision and recognition of three core elements:
The specially prepared environment.
The liberty of the child to interact with the environment.
A skilled trained adult (known as a Directress) who acts as a link between the child and the environment.
Montessori embraces children's needs whilst they continually strive for independence. By increasing their range of skills, a Montessori child develops into a self confident, independent and respectful whole person. Sharing and caring for their environment and behavioural etiquette are fundamental to the Montessori child.