There is a tremendous diversity within the community of Montessori schools.
Despite the impression that all Montessori schools are the same,
no two Montessori schools are alike. Each school reflects its own unique blend of facilities,
programs, personality and interpretation of Dr. Montessori’s vision.
There are general key points to consider when you look at a Montessori School more closely:
- Montessori schools begin with a deep respect for children as unique individuals.
They work from a deep concern for their social and emotional development.
- Montessori classes bring children together in multi aged groups,
rather than classes comprised of just one age group. This allows the
teachers to develop close and long term relationships with their students
while also learning the child’s learning style.
- Montessori classrooms are not run by the teacher’s alone.
Students are taught to manage their own community and develop leadership skills and independence.
- Montessori assumes that children are born intelligent;
they simply learn in different ways and progress at their own pace.
The Montessori approach to education is consciously designed to recognize
and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively.
Students progress as they master new skills, moving ahead as quickly as they are ready.
- Montessori students learn through hands on experience and investigation.
They become actively engaged in their studies.
- Students develop a love for the natural world. Natural science and outdoor
education is an important element of our children’s experience.
- Students develop self discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation.
- Students learn not to be afraid of making mistakes; they come to see their mistakes
as natural steps in the learning process.