Play Based Learning & Montessori

“Play is the work of the child,” said Dr. Maria Montessori. 

Play is a central part of the Montessori philosophy but what that play looks like differs from most traditional or play-based early childhood programs. 

Montessori desired to engage a child’s voracious appetite and capacity for knowledge and gaining independence with rich experiences in the environment.  Montessori “play” is often referred to as “real pretend,” because the activities that children engage in are real-life activities done in a way that is fascinating to the child, developmentally appropriate, enjoyable and purposeful

child cleaning at Montessori school
learning the Montessori way


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