Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator.  As she began working with children she came to the conclusion of a few things children need, which are:

1.) responsibility (which is basically the kids learning self-discipline, caring for people around them, and engaging in social context),

2.) self-discipline, and

3.) concentration  (where kids have lengthy periods of study and exploration)

Within Montessori, there is an emphasis on independence.  Children are given access to materials to master in a logical and sequential order.  It’s a mode of self-discovery, and although there are limits, there is freedom within the boundaries. Not all children work well within the Montessori method of learning.  It is extremely different than a traditional classroom because of its constructivist nature (as opposed to a teacher telling them what to learn).

I hope this video helps you understand a bit about the background of Montessori.  Here are a few links you can check out to get further info on Montessori and integrating it into your homeschool:… (her classroom setup in her home)

http://www.montessoriprintshop.com (another setup)….……