Learning, according to Dr. Montessori comes from a structured and prepared environment. The early years, from birth to six, are the most formative and are too often wasted by not realizing the child’s true potential.
Learning at this stage can be easy, fun and important to the developing child.
To the young child, learning is a natural function of childhood – effortless and challenging and more meaningful than idle play. Dr. Montessori believed that preschool education for children under the age of six was necessary and that children learned from having the freedom to explore and manipulate the environment. She believed that children learned through interacting with their peers and with the specifically designed materials available within the Montessori school.