The Montessori educational philosophy is an approach to education in which a child's natural development guides his instruction. This research-backed methodology was developed by Maria Montessori in the early 1900's and emphasizes hands-on learning. Students use concrete tools to develop a strong understanding in concepts, which paves the way toward abstract thinking. A crucial component of Montessori practice is the emphasis on the whole child. In multi-age classrooms, students are guided through academic, social, physical, and emotional growth.  

Why a Montessori Education is Worth the Investment

  • A proven format of education  that has been in use over 100 years and in more than 22,000 schools  worldwide.  It works.  It’s not affected by legislative changes.


  • Educating the whole child:   physically, academically, socially and emotionally.  Preparing the child  for life, not just the academic portion, including practical skills  carried on at home and in the community.


  • An educational experience  based on a three year developmental cycle in the same environment.  This  provides the child a beginning, middle and end process to fully envelop  the learning opportunities, and it allows the teacher to get to know  and understand the child and how to best guide her to her fullest  potential.


  • Fosters self-direction,  allowing the child independent thinking in order to build  problem-solving skills and creativity, now on high demand from colleges  and employers.


  • Freedom for children to work  at their own pace, without interruption, choosing from a range of  activities that are developmentally challenging and appropriate.


  • Exploration is encouraged so that children find things out for themselves, make mistakes and correct them independently.


  • Mixed age groups enable  children to learn from others and later, teach it themselves.  It also  allows for a variety of abilities and levels in advancement without  obvious transitions.


  • Working with the concrete  materials before moving to the abstraction.  The child interacts with  materials to internalize the concept rather than be told “this is what  it is.”


  • The value of intrinsic joy as  the reward for personal accomplishment is understood and implemented.   No candy, no star charts, no grades.


  • Focuses on the individual child.  Every child has an I.E.P.(Individual Educational Plan), not just the ones who are delayed.


  • Teachers that are trained in  child development based on the profound teachings of Dr. Maria  Montessori and understand the importance of the prepared  environment/classroom and its link to the children.


  • Respect for each child as an individual personality with unique talents and weaknesses.


  • Respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for the community, and respect for the environment. 


 

 "We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."

~Maria Montessori