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Why Montessori?

We all want our children to be happy and eager to learn. We also hope that our children learn how to learn, a skill they’ll need throughout their lives.

The world is changing rapidly, and it’s hard to predict what kind of environment today’s children will face when they graduate. One thing we do know - we want them to become successful citizens of the world.

While cultures and technologies change, the way humans come into this world and grow up in predictable stages remains constant. Montessori education specializes in guiding children through these stages of growth and helping them learn in interactive and integrative ways that unleash each child’s greatest potential.

Children find learning in a Montessori environment comfortable, enjoyable and engaging. The materials are designed to be motivating and compatible with how the brain works at each age. Children are naturally curious and inclined toward self-management: these characteristics are fostered in a Montessori classroom, developing into a work ethic that is notable among Montessori students. Dr. Maria Montessori viewed education as not just a means of transmitting knowledge but as a way to support the full development of children as individuals and as members of a community. The Montessori classroom is a microcosm of society, made up of mixed ages and depending on empathy and cooperation to function smoothly.

To compare Montessori education with traditional learning please view this chart
For more about why Montessori works for every child and family please read these articles

Research at the Universities of Virginia and Wisconsin has recently confirmed what Dr. Montessori observed long ago:

Movement optimizes learning.

Active bodies create active minds. Montessori learning materials offer challenging work requiring both the body and the mind.

Interest is key.

Children learn best when they are interested. Children in Montessori classrooms choose their work, so they are able to pursue their interests.

Motivation comes from intrinsic satisfaction.

Montessori teachers avoid extrinsic rewards and competition since motivation is reduced when the rewards are removed. The Montessori method nurtures a child’s love of learning and desire to contribute and help others without rewards and punishments.

Choice and control help children progress.

Montessori students choose their activities and manage their time. Students who have control over their educational experience make better decisions, exercise good judgment, and are more deeply engaged in their work.

Order, beauty and routine are important.

Montessori environments are aesthetically beautiful, tidy and organized. An attractive and dependable environment allows children to easily select and complete work and participate in maintaining the classroom.

Collaboration inspires learning.

Children in a multi-age environment learn from each other. Young children benefit from the example and guidance of older children. Up to age 6, children often prefer to work individually or in pairs. Montessori classrooms for young children are designed to accommodate this characteristic. After age 6, children are more likely to work in groups, collaborating on projects. Montessori classrooms for older children allow them to learn this way. Students solve problems by interacting with each other and listening to multiple perspectives. Montessori students have a strong sense of self, and are cooperative and supportive of each other.

Each stage of Montessori education builds on the preceding one to form a lasting foundation. An authentic and complete Montessori education, in a school recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale, is truly a gift for life!

Montessori Classes

Toddler: 18 months to 2 and 1/2 years
Primary: 2 and 1/2 years to 6 years (Preschool - Kindergarten)
Lower Elementary: 6 years to 9 years (1st – 3rd grade)
Upper Elementary: 9 years to 12 years (4th – 6th grade)

Montessori Books

For families who want to learn more about Montessori, we recommend the books listed in the PDF below:
Montessori Books

Montessori Websites

Maria Montessori

Understanding Montessori

Association Montessori International/USA