About Montessori

Many families are very interested in a Montessori education for their children, but may not fully understand the underlying principles and practices that guide our school. How do we compare with a more traditional educational model? Is Montessori the best choice you can make for your child?

Current neurological research indicates that the first six years of life are the most critical in the development of the child and it is this critical developmental period that will have the greatest impact on your child’s sense of self and how they learn and interact with their peers.

In a Montessori school, we prepare the child for life by focusing on the tools they will need to reach their greatest potential. This means that in the middle of teaching reading and mathematics, we expand the subject area to give it broader context in their lives and community in order to help the child become a citizen of the world. We foster independent thought, awareness and respect for one another while valuing diversity.

An Education for Life

The Montessori approach is designed to aid children in their natural development. Our approach reflects a recognition of each child’s unique individuality regardless of the level of ability or social maturity. It fosters a child’s natural curiosity and instills a lifelong joy for learning. A Montessori school allows opportunities for both individual and collaborative work, demonstrating a deep respect for the learning styles of each child. In a Montessori classroom, children develop a sense of confidence and self-discipline while developing a deep respect and responsibility to their community. It is a place of learning and discovery as children use developmental learning (didactic) materials created by Dr. Maria Montessori.

8 PRINCIPLES OF MONTESSORI EDUCATION








  • Movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can enhance thinking and learning.
  • Learning and well-being are improved when people have a sense of control over their lives
  • People learn better when they are interested in what they are learning.
  • Tying extrinsic rewards to an activity, like money for reading or high grades for tests, negatively impacts motivation to engage in that activity when the reward is withdrawn.
  • Collaborative arrangements can be very conducive to learning.
  • Learning situated in meaningful contexts is often deeper and richer than learning in abstract contexts.
  • Particular forms of adult interaction are associated with more optimal child outcomes.
  • Order in the environment is beneficial to children.
Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard