About Montessori

About Montessori

Montessori Overview

The Montessori Method of education was developed in Italy by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. The Montessori Method emphasizes children’s natural curiosity. Montessori schools promote self-paced, independent learning. Children are encouraged to partake in hands-on learning and collaborative play, while guided by experienced staff and a classroom filled with learning opportunities. A Montessori education prepares children to be innovative, life-long learners.

The Classroom

Montessori classrooms are thoughtfully arranged to meet the learning goals of children in specific age groups. The natural lighting and soft colors of the classroom create a focused and calm environment. Learning materials are stored on accessible shelves to promote independence.

Classrooms are arranged to accommodate choice. There are spaces within the classroom for group activities, individual projects and free space for children to spread out in. Instead of prearranged rows of desks, children work at tables and on the floors.

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Learning Materials

To encourage experiential learning, students work with materials designed to teach them lessons. These materials are displayed in open shelves, arranged sequentially from simplest to the most complex, allowing students to naturally develop specific skills. As the year progresses, a teacher may replace some basic materials with more advanced materials to ensure children are continuously being challenged.

Mixed-age Classrooms

Montessori classes are composed of students who span 3 years. Consequently, it is typical to see children of different ages working together in a Montessori classroom. Older students enjoy teaching their younger classmates. Mixed-age classrooms encourage students to help each other and foster a collaborative environment.

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