Developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method fosters a child’s natural inclination to learn. Mixed-age classrooms with students from 2 ½ to 6 years old promote emotional and social development.
- A discovery model using child-sized materials in addition to direct instruction
- Freedom of movement
- Individualized learning plans
- A range of learning options
- Language Arts
Who was Maria Montessori?
For over a century, Dr. Maria Montessori’s method of education has helped children put the world that surrounds them into a context that they can easily understand. Dr. Montessori, one of the most vital influences on modern education, was the first to discover the need for early education. Now that educational research has verified Dr. Montessori’s discoveries, more and more parents are seeking a Montessori education for their children. Today, Montessori schools can be found all over the world and there are currently more than 7,000 Montessori schools nationwide.
The philosophy of the Montessori method is first and foremost to respect the child. The uniqueness of each and every child is emphasized in the Montessori classroom, which is prepared to promote the development of emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs. From birth to about age seven, the child effortlessly absorbs his environment. The impressions formed then will have a lasting effect upon the child’s attitude toward learning and life itself. Dr. Montessori realized that it is necessary during this period for the child to find in his environment the tools to satisfy and stimulate his natural intellectual development to the fullest potential.
In the Montessori classroom, the elements of acceptance and tolerance, exploring and learning, warmth and care, child and adult are brought together to create the ideal learning environment; an environment where every child is gifted.
We pride ourselves on providing a traditional Montessori program. Maria Montessori believed that by having children grouped in a three-year age range in one classroom, it allows for the older students to become the mentors and for the younger students to learn from their fellow classmates. It is also beneficial because it creates a greater sense of community when students and teachers work together for three years.