Montessori Development Center was established in 1990, by Mary Sharer. Her journey to teach children in a more intuitive way began many years prior. Mary had been teaching in a traditional school where she was frustrated thinking there had to be a better way for children to learn. Her path brought her to the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori and this methodology made sense to Mary! Thus, she began her rigorous training to become certified to teach Montessori.
Mary’s experience taught her that no two children develop at the same pace, have the same abilities, or share the same interests. Finally, Montessori presented her with the tools to allow all her students to develop based on their own readiness. Dr. Montessori felt the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a prescribed course of study, but rather to cultivate one’s own natural desire to learn. At MDC this objective is approached in two ways. First, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice. Second, by helping them to maximize their natural talents and abilities. Montessori is an indizidualized approach.
According to Dr. Maria Montessori, children are motivated by a love of learning and a natural curiosity that enables them to educate themselves. Because of this philosophy children are encouraged to learn by their own choice. Multi-sensory and self-correcting materials are used in a prepared environment allowing children to develop their own individual interests, self-control, and self-motivation. However, students do get individual instruction and work in small groups with teachers as guides.
Families in Bucks County discovered Montessori Development Center to be the place to send their young children for learning that made a real difference.