What Is Montessori?


mariaThe Montessori method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, a physician and educator in the early 1900’s. At the cornerstone of her educational philosophy is the belief that children learn best at their own pace in a noncompetitive environment. Our environment allows the child freedom of movement within a setting which has been specially prepared to accommodate the avid exploration of children.

How Does Montessori Differ from Traditional Schools?

7-14In most schools, the children are taught educational concepts in a group by a teacher. In a Montessori setting the children learn concepts spontaneously as they work independently with the many materials in the classroom.

All children pass through phases of physical and mental development. During these “sensitive periods”, learning occurs naturally and quickly because their ability to acquire these new skills is at its peak. Sensitive periods occur at different, unpredictable times for each child and it is in the Montessori classroom that your children may follow their own natural instincts toward successful learning.

Montessori Terminology

Montessori Materials

Montessori Curriculum