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There is nothing quite like the authentic Montessori Method for early childhood education. This unique approach enables children to discover their true potential and develop an organized, engaged, and focused mind. The Montessori experience prepares them to be curious, lifelong learners, as well as good citizens, future innovators, and able leaders.
Discover the calm, peaceful environment of a Montessori classroom, where children work together to explore, learn, and grow. See daily experiences of life at our schools, as the authentic Montessori Method guides children through self-direction and self-discipline toward self-discovery, as they prepare for the future.
Mealtimes are social, interactive experiences for children and teachers. Children learn about sharing and mindfulness in this group setting. Children learn to serve themselves and clean up after themselves to become responsible, conscientious individuals.
Primary and Elementary teachers receive MACTE-accredited training (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). Each teacher creates their own classroom and lesson guide, ensuring unique classroom experiences. Excellent teacher-to-student ratio allows for numerous individual projects. Teachers are trained to ask good questions to guide children toward self-determination and independence.
Practical Life experiences focus on basic movements, fine motor skills, and independence; development of a child's intellect and concentration help develop an orderly way of thinking. Sensorial learning experiences focus on the refinement of all senses. Academic experiences explore language, math, science, geography, and the arts.
Unique, authentic Montessori materials offer tangible, hands-on learning experiences. The learning of sounds paired with textured letter shapes provide immersive language opportunities that will lead to the building of words and reading. Math concepts of size, shape, and quantity are introduced with three-dimensional materials.
Following an initial teacher demonstration, children select their own work. Small rugs for the floor and trays for tables define work areas so children keep materials in order and give others proper space. The freedom of choice encourages curiosity, discovery, and independence
Younger children learn from older children. Encourages children to teach and help each other. Fosters a strong sense of community, collaboration, and respect. Creates an atmosphere for social-emotional development.
We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe,’ but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and grew up to become Italy’s first female physician. Her medical work led her to working with children, especially challenged ones, through the University of Rome’s psychiatric clinic. Helping these children develop the skills to learn paved the way for her second career as an educator, founded in the idea that individual development would benefit from children being free to pursue their own interests, at their own pace, in a specially prepared environment with specific teaching materials. The reputation of the Montessori Method quickly spread, with schools opening in Switzerland, England, India, China, Mexico, Syria, and New Zealand. The first Montessori class was taught in the United States in 1912, by Alexander Graham Bell.
If you're more familiar with conventional teaching methods and school environments, be prepared to discover something truly unique and different in a Montessori classroom. Learn more about the ways that a Montessori education is like no other approach.See What Makes Montessori Different
The Montessori classroom offers endless opportunities and activities in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, and Academic (including Language, Math, Geography, Art, Music, and Science.) Learning experiences range from simple (often independent) to complex (more group-oriented).Explore the Classroom
Experience an authentic Montessori education at your neighborhood school, which is supported by the largest network of authentic Montessori schools in the country. With trained teachers and a full complement of authentic Montessori materials, your child's experience will prepare them for the future.Make the Choice