Montessori School

Why Montessori?

Current medical and educational research confirms the importance of early experiences in the development of the young child. Dr. Montessori recognized this when she wrote "The most important period of life's learning is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six". A Montessori program offers a scientifically prepared environment including multi sensory , sequential and self-correcting learning apparatus. Coupled with the use of these hands-on materials that cater to the intellectual abilities, specially trained teachers guide the social, emotional and physical development of each child.   The basic tenets of a Montessori program recognize that the personal qualities of self discipline, resiliency and self-direction are crucial to the success of students.  In addition, work habits such as concentration, perseverance and the willingness to learn from mistakes contribute further to their success.

What characteristics are indicative of an authentic Montessori School?

  • Individualized teaching and learning
  • Self directed learning
  • Spontaneous activity
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for environment
  • Concentrated and focused work
  • Joy of learning
  • Mixed ages
  • Collaborative class community
  • Freedom within limits
  • Full range of Montessori materials
  • Accredited teachers
  • Responsibility for one's own actions
  • Integrated curriculum

How is the Montessori method practiced at school and supported at home?

At School:

In the prepared environment, the teacher observes the needs, abilities and interests of each individual child and respectfully engages them in appropriate activities. The teacher is the guardian of a class community based upon democratic principles and moral values.

At Home:

The partnership between home and school is crucial to the child's success. Experiences at home that compliment the Montessori principles build a trusting and integrated supportive relationship.


  • If a child follows his interest he will be engaged in learning.
  • If a child is allowed to choose she develops responsibility.
  • If a child works for his own satisfaction he will develop self motivation.
  • If a child works at her own pace she will meet with success.
  • If a child thinks and acts for himself he will develop independence.
  • If a child is able to construct his knowledge his understanding is enriched.

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