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Montessori education is designed to help children with their task of development as they grow from childhood to maturity. The method’s principles are based on the natural development of the child.

Montessori education is built on the premise that all learners are individuals in style and interests. The individualized curriculum allows children to develop skills at their own pace. Children may work alone or in small or larger groups, and may move freely throughout the classroom and socialize, while learning to respect the learning process of others. The freedom to choose assists the child in constructing inner discipline and the ability to creatively problem solve.

Students are grouped into mixed-age classrooms that span three years. These mixed-age classrooms provide a greater range of curriculum options and reduced competition. Older children teach younger children, building confidence and competence. Peer learning also promotes cooperation and a sense of community. The flexibility of the classroom allows adaptation to the needs of the individual, regardless of the level of ability, learning style or social maturity.

Maria Montessori 1870-1952

The founder of the Montessori Method, Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who had the distinction of being the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. As a physician, Dr. Montessori worked with young children and became profoundly interested in their development. Through careful and exhaustive observation, she came to the realization that children construct their own personalities as they interact with their environment. She also observed their inner drive to learn as they spontaneously chose and worked with the didactic materials she developed.

Montessori studied children in many countries around the world, observing the universality of the laws of human development cross-culturally. She tirelessly continued her work throughout her life, deepening her understanding of the child and adding to the educational method.

For more information on Montessori Education, please review our website, especially the Parent and Student Handbook, and/or visit the sites below. We also encourage you to make an appointment to visit our school, observe the classroom(s) at work, and speak with the staff.
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