What is Montessori?

Our Montessori Preschools

Developed around the turn of the century by Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician, the Montessori method consists of a specialized teaching style and expertly designed materials that combine to unlock each child’s natural motivation to learn.  Unlike most traditional classrooms, in which teachers impose lessons upon a group of children organized by age, Montessori creates an environment in which the teacher plays the role of facilitator as each child satisfies his or her own inherent urge to learn and develop.  Further, as Montessori does not segregate children by age, older children share their skills and knowledge with younger ones.  This not only acts as an important motivator, as the younger ones emulate their more advanced peers, it also serves to develop crucial social skills as well. In short, Montessori teaches children how to learn.  What is more, it does so at a critical age–two through six years–when their receptivity to new concepts is most keen and core aspects of their personalities are being formed.  Through Montessori they discover that the will, ability and skills to learn are inside each of them rather than provided externally. And in so doing, they develop a foundation of self-confidence and esteem that can serve them for the rest of their lives. 

Our Montessori Elementary and Adolescent School

Whereas in a Montessori preschool children work individually and focus on their own rich, inner development, the Montessori elementary student is considered a “Child of the world.” These Children are newly interested in developing and sustaining personal relationships with others and are beginning to look outside of themselves to find their place in the world.  They are keenly interested in the world around them.  This leads naturally to more group work, more collaborative projects and more emphasis on community involvement.