After years of expression mainly in pre-schools, Montessori philosophy is finally being used as originally intended, as a method of seeing children as they really are and of creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential - spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual - as members of a family, the world community and the Cosmos.
Dr. Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences, and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge.
Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment.
The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.
Today Montessori teacher training centers and schools exist on all continents. There are Montessori parenting classes, "Nidos" ("nests" for infants), infant communities, "children's houses" (for age 3-6), and classes for children up to age eighteen in public and private schools. Montessori works in gifted and talented programs, and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Many parents are using Dr. Montessori's discoveries to raise/educate their children at home.
The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation.
蒙特索利是由Dr.Maria Montessori（Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a "blank slate" waiting to be written upon. Her main contributions to the work of those of us raising and educating children are in these areas:
Preparing the most natural and life supporting environment for the child
Observing the child living freely in this environment
Continually adapting the environment in order that the child may fulfill his greatest potential -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. ）创办并遵循一种以培养独立个性和领导才能等ＣＨＩＬＤ—ＣＥＮＴＥＲＥＤ为主轴的蒙式教育理念的教育体系。它和ＨＩＧＨ ＳＣＯＰＥ， ＨＥＡＤ ＳＴＡＲＴ（所谓的大脑开发计划）以及Reggio Emilia（源于意大利的一种创新性幼儿教育体系）等同为美国目前幼儿教育领域的当家理念。蒙特梭利有它自己完备的培训系统，所有的任教人员必须得到本系统的证书才能上岗，教学理念及策略必须完全尊循蒙式的上述标准，所用的教具及教室环境的布置也都是严格的蒙式规范，现在大陆和台湾打着蒙特梭利的名号创办的幼儿园非常红火。