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The benefits of a Montessori education.

A Unique Approach to Education

The authentic Montessori Method for early childhood education is like no other approach out there. Those familiar with conventional teaching methods and school environments will discover a truly unique and different experience in a Montessori classroom.

The Montessori Difference

What makes the Montessori Method so unique? When you enter the calm, peaceful environment of a Montessori classroom, it may seem quite different from what you've come to expect from traditional educational environments. Here are a few differences you may notice.

Traditional
Montessori
: Traditional Education
: Montessori Education
Teacher is the focus of the classroom
Teacher has an unobtrusive role in the classroom
Teacher introduces activities to children and then lets them pursue their own interests, while observing their progress.
Mainly group instruction
Mainly individual instruction
Teachers work one-on-one with children in order to ensure that they fully grasp tasks and activities.
One subject typically studied at a time, in allotted time, in a group
Children select their own experiences, at their pace
Once children have seen the teacher demonstrate an activity at least once, they are encouraged to pursue that activity on their own, to work on figuring it out for themselves.
Same-age grouping
Mixed-age grouping
The Primary classroom usually allows for ages 3 to 5, so children of various skill levels can work alongside each other, so that learning takes place at all different experience levels and is not limited by age.
The teacher is in charge of lessons
Children learn from each other
In the mixed-age environment, the opportunity exists for older children who have “mastered” activities to share their knowledge with younger children; learning is enhanced by this positive exchange of experiences.
Timed lessons, activities, and class schedules break up work flow
Child works as long as they want on chosen projects, enabling focus and concentration
Uninterrupted work times allow for a level of immersion that is difficult to achieve when lessons are timed and scheduled.
Child errors are usually pointed out by the teacher
The teacher guides children toward self-realization and self-correction
Through repetition of activities, children learn to identify and rectify their mistakes, encouraging awareness of their abilities.
Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
Child reinforces learning through repetition and feelings of success
The more a child works on a particular task or activity, the stronger they become, and the more confident they are in their abilities.

Discover Your Child's True Potential

Throughout history, Montessori students have been empowered to realize their full potential and have gone on to change the world forever, for every one of us—and for the better. This transformative experience leads children to true self-discovery about themselves—and their future.

Montessori Research and Resources

There are a number of Montessori organizations with extensive knowledge and understanding of the authentic Montessori Method. These online resources offer insights and education into true Montessori experiences for curious families.​

​American Montessori International/USA

AMI/USA is the U.S. branch of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the oldest, worldwide organization to champion the Montessori method, recognized as the leading authority on Montessori education.

The Montessori Foundation

The Montessori Foundation is an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support to the international Montessori community. The Foundation also publishes the Montessori-themed magazine, Tomorrow's Child.

National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

The Center supports a robust network of practitioners, researchers, parents, and leaders committed to Maria Montessori’s vision of education and development of the child’s potential.

American Montessori Society Research Library

The AMS Research Library offers Montessori-related resources and high-quality research to educators and researchers. Their hope is to encourage new research to strengthen existing knowledge of Montessori.

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What You Need to Know About Montessori

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a method and philosophy for teaching children, based on the work of pioneering educator Maria Montessori. In our school, we have children from ages 18 months through 6 years old. We offer two programs for these children, one is for toddlers (18 months to 3 years old), and the other is for older children (3 to 6 years old) which does include the “kindergarten” year. Montessori is designed to be an individualized program and is unique for each child. Montessori offers a Prepared Environment that fosters each child’s independence, as well as helps him develop socially and academically. Children are free to explore and discover on their own, however, there are very clear boundaries and ground rules that must be adhered to and are monitored by the teacher. The teacher is the first and very important part of the Prepared Environment. Montessori classrooms are thought of more as communities than classrooms. They must be cooperative in order for the method to work.

How can teachers teach so many different ages?

Montessori is an individual learning method. Each child learns at their own pace. Teachers are trained to observe and assess (informally) each child to see where the child is developmentally. Based on these observations, an individual lesson is created for each child. Further, as the Montessori classroom is run as a community, older children are there to be role models and to to show younger children how to do what they (the older children) already know—making them part of the teaching process. Younger children look up to the older ones and want to be like them which creates a sense of motivation to learn new things. Children, even those that are the same age, all learn at a different level and pace; the Montessori Method allows for this freedom. There is no competition or expectation for children to learn the same things as everyone else their age at exactly the same time. Teachers then find it easier to teach multiple ages than to try to teach the same concept to 15 3-year-olds at the same time. Montessori teachers are experienced at multi-tasking. Also, with mixed-age groups, children stay with the same teacher for all three years they are in Montessori enabling a close bond to be formed.

Is it true that the children get to do whatever they want?

There is freedom of choice within limits. The teacher prepares herself, the environment, and the children to respect one’s self, each other, and the environment, by setting clear boundaries and ground rules. Lessons are always given in the Montessori community before free choice occurs. This also goes back to having mixed-age groups where, for example, in the beginning of the school year the older children are the role models who “show” others how things are done in the classroom. Respect is a key component of the classroom. That said, the other piece to creating and keeping peace, is to facilitate peaceful conflict resolution by helping children dialogue any problems that may arise. This is usually done at the peace table or other designated peace area of the classroom. The teacher must be prepared to handle any and all situations that arise and to guide the community in a calm, slow, respectful, and peaceful manner at all times. She must protect the children from disruptions, i.e., other children taking their work or bothering one another as well as from other adults who may want to step in and “help” the child.

How do children transition from the Montessori version of kindergarten to first grade and will you prepare my child for public school?

Children who complete the three-year cycle in a Montessori primary environment are developmentally ready to transition into the public or other private school setting. Maria Montessori discusses planes of development in her writings and has broken them down into three ages spans, birth to age 3, ages 3 to 6, ages 6 to 9, and so on. As a 6-year-old, the child is now ready to be part of a larger peer group and ready for a different level of learning. Ultimately, the goal of a Montessori program is not to get a child ready for public school, but to prepare the child for life through the experiences in the Montessori environment.

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