The Montessori Method

Going Beyond Traditional Teaching

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We believe children learn best when every aspect of their development — cognitive, physical, social, and emotional — is nurtured. Our Whole Child Education – based on the Montessori Method – focuses on early literacy, logical thinking, problem solving, social understanding, physical coordination, creativity, and positive character traits, such as cooperation and self-control.

Whole Child Education allows your child to develop the critical-thinking skills and intellectual curiosity that creates good citizens and fuels success in the classroom and beyond.

The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method helps children reach their fullest potential – at their own unique pace.

How does this work in practice? Here are some of the basics:

Age Grouping & Communities

Instead of dividing children by grade, Montessori Unlimited classes place children in age groups: ages 2-3, 3-6, and 6-9. Multi-age classrooms help children develop social skills, and challenge them to learn and to work together, with each others’ best interests in mind.

Teaching Method

Our directors and directresses use extensive observation to guide and help children learn and develop at their own pace. Respect for your child’s dignity and ability is critical.

While the “basics” are taught, other styles of learning – from musical and bodily-kinesthetic, to spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intuitive – are encouraged. Teachers observe and keep records to plan individual projects so your child is engaged and learning at his or her best pace.

Our instructors are also trained to ask questions rather than always provide answers. Discovering answers for themselves helps children develop self-esteem and self-confidence.

Environment & Schedule

The environment plays an important role in learning. When adults first walk into a Montessori classroom, they are often astonished — both by the level of activity, and by how tidy and quiet it is. Besides allowing children to self-direct their activities, we encourage self-discipline.

Given the variety of subjects being learned, work centers are arranged by subject. For children under age six, there are one or two uninterrupted work periods, each lasting three hours.

Preparing For the Future

Research shows that children who receive a Montessori education are well prepared academically, socially, and emotionally. They also score well on standardized tests. But the real test of whether or not the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children: their happiness, maturity, kindness, love of learning, and level of work.

To see the Montessori philosophy in action, find a school near you and take a tour.

Montessori Unlimited. Where self-discovery happens.