Simple to Complex (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Simple to Complex (Montessori)

In Montessori education, the principle of Simple to Complex refers to the sequence in which lessons and materials are presented to children. Initially, children are introduced to a concept in its simplest, most isolated form.[1] As they advance and become capable of processing more complex associations, they are progressively exposed to increasingly complex forms of the concept. This gradual progression enables them to assimilate information more effectively and build on their prior knowledge.


Montessori Quotes

  • “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”[2]
  • “We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”[3]