About Montessori

The Montessori method of education:

  • Emphasizes developing the potential of each child
  • Takes place in a nurturing, child-centered community
  • Builds upon the child’s interests and encourages him/her to explore and discover
  • Exposes a child to a rich, broad-based developmental curriculum
  • Occurs in a mixed-age classroom, which offers an opportunity for peer mentoring, collaborative work and social interaction
  • Is guided by specially trained Montessori teachers who aim to help children develop confidence and self-esteem, a joy and enthusiasm for learning, and a sense of care and respect for others

Characteristics of the Montessori classroom:

  • Multi-age classrooms
  • Individually paced learning
  • Teachers as guides, not instructors
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Applied learning and projects
  • Emphasis on intrinsic motivation
  • Longer work periods and self-directed learning
  • Development of friendships, life skills and community
The Montessori method has stood the test of time and today is considered a premier alternative learning program. Children who have attended a Montessori school are more confident in their abilities, are motivated to achieve new levels of knowledge and have a love of learning.