What is Montessori?
Developed in the early 1900’s by Maria Montessori and used internationally in schools for over 80 years, Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach designed to help each individual child reach their full potential at their own unique pace.
The Montessori philosophy values the natural curiosity and ability for learning present within each child. Students learn responsibility, time management, and social skills along with academics within a highly structured, prepared learning environment. Lessons are given individually or in small groups of children with similar interests, skills or academic needs. Students work at their own pace and follow their own interests throughout the sequential curriculum designed to help every individual reach his or her full potential. Students are grouped into multi-age classrooms. Younger students are inspired by, and imitate, the work of the older children who act as role models. Older students gain experience and confidence in leadership.
During an uninterrupted, three hour work period, students are guided by the teacher to make choices about where, what, and how long to spend on a particular work. After an initial presentation, students are able to practice and continue their learning independently with the support of specially designed manipulative materials, beautiful charts, timelines and books.