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What Makes a Montessori Education?

Unique. Authentic. Montessori.

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.

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.

The Unique Approach of Montessori

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.

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Classrooms: The Prepared Environment

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).

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Choosing a Montessori School for Your Child

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.

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