Based on her research, Maria Montessori came to the conclusion that from birth to the age of 6, children have a much higher level of sensitivity. In an adapted, favourable environment, this enables them to absorb and learn new things sensorially, through their body and mind.
The fundamental principle of the Montessori teaching method is to provide the child with the appropriate environment in which he/she will best be able to learn at his/her own pace.
According to Maria Montessori’s findings, children from the ages of 0 to 6 go through different ‘sensitive periods’ – also known as ‘the law of natural development’. These are periods of time during which a child is able to assimilate new information in an almost effortless way.