Presentation (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Presentation (Montessori)

In Montessori education, a Presentation refers to the way an adult introduces a child to a new object or activity within the environment.[1] Unlike traditional teaching, the adult does not instruct but demonstrates the correct use of the materials and then allows the child to explore and experiment independently. This demonstration, or presentation, needs to be performed slowly, precisely, and with minimal verbal instruction to be effective.


Montessori Quotes

  • “The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe.”[2]
  • “To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”[3]