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The Montessori approach to education is based upon the child's natural inner growth and spontaneous learning. Its goal is to foster the child's development in order that he/she is able to reach his/her full potential. To assist this purpose, children work in specifically prepared environments, which enable them to develop essential skills (for example critical thinking, concentration, independence and cooperation) while absorbing key academic concepts. Children take part in the joy of learning.
In this system, education becomes a preparation for life.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that:
Each of these principles is reflected in the Montessori system of education and in the materials and environments it employs.