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The Montessori method originated by is an educational method for children, based on theories of child developmentItalian educator Maria Montessori in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is applied primarily in preschool and elementary school settings

The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher (often called a "director", "directress", or "guide"). It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.

Although there are many schools which use the name "Montessori," the word itself is not recognized as a trademark, nor is it associated with a single specific organization. Thus it is legally possible to use the term "Montessori" without necessary adherence to a particular training or teaching method. This is why it is imperative for parents to know which school their children attend, and to ask questions of the schools as well as do research in order to distinguish between a school that can legally use the Montessori name and those that actually use Montessori teaching methods.

Nonetheless, schools identifying themselves as "Montessori schools" generally apply this method in their teaching.

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