The “Montessori Method,” developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is based on the belief that early childhood is the time when each child actively works to create the person he or she will someday become. Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person, but rather, that each individual educates himself or herself. For this reason, children should be provided with a well-prepared learning environment and allowed to explore it freely, with an appropriate amount of responsibility given to them. The profound respect given to each child fosters the development of self-confidence and a love of learning. The role of the Montessori teacher is to guide children in their natural development and to support each child in developing his or her full potential. This is achieved by carefully observing each child in order to assess and meet individual needs.