Montessori educational methods, sometimes referred to as natural learning, are rooted in the belief that a child’s interests and natural instincts should be followed at all times. Natural learning is highly individualized by definition, encouraging parents and educators to appreciate the fact that no two children are alike and therefore no two learning experiences should be designed in the same way.
This individualized approach to education also means that children are not always prone to learning. Teachers should allow for explorative periods both indoors and outside, as this freedom helps generate more learning-sensitive moods. Finally, when learning does occur, hands-on activities should be valued above didactic lesson plans. This is especially important for younger students, as preschoolers need concrete interactions before they can begin to absorb abstract ideas and concepts.