The Montessori Approach to Learning
Montessori is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
Children choose their own work
Children choose their own activities from a range of carefully prepared lessons and materials designed to support children’s natural development and drive to learn.
Trained teachers support children’s development
Teachers trained in Montessori principles and practice present a comprehensive curriculum individualized for each child.
Mixed age groupings
Classrooms serve children in three-year age groupings according to developmental stages. Children can progress naturally as they are ready for more challenging material, build authentic community and learn from both teachers and peers.
Uninterrupted independent work periods
Classrooms offer long uninterrupted periods for independent work, where children build attention, focus, and concentration, while learning at their own pace.
Hands-on, concrete, self-correcting materials support engagement, curiosity, independence, and self-guided learning.
Learning through senses
- Children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials.
- Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered.
- Lessons are presented in a sequential array from simple to complex and concrete to abstract.