Montessori education is an approach to learning that was developed by an Italian physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori, more than a century ago—and is now changing the face of education worldwide. Read on to learn more about the key components of a Montessori education from the American Montessori Society.
Montessori Center School Program Levels
- Pre-Primary (18 months – 3 years)
- Primary (ages 3 – 6)
- Lower and Upper Elementary (ages 6 – 9 and 9 – 12)
- Honors the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
- It encompasses a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge.
- It is based on ideals of equity, inclusion, and social justice.
- It also focuses on the care of self, others, and the environment.
Additional distinctive features:
- Classes are multi-age (3-year age span).
- Individual students follow their own interests while also learning from others.
- Time is given to enable students to explore and internalize concepts and ideas at their own pace while working toward individualized learning goals.
- Teachers serve as guides and mentors, systematically observing and assessing students’ progress and providing them with support/tools so that they may take ownership of their own learning and growth.
- Learning takes place across a variety of modalities: visual, auditory, tactile, etc.
Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply, and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be critical thinkers, and confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners and citizens, accountable to themselves, their community, and the world.
There are 5 essential components to a high-quality Montessori program:
- Properly trained Montessori teachers – Our MCS teachers have command of Montessori philosophy, Montessori curriculum, classroom management, and child development.
- Multi-age classrooms – Students benefit from differentiated learning based on abilities, not age. Self-esteem is built on personal accomplishments rather than comparison with same-age peers.
- Use of specially designed Montessori learning materials – Hands-on, interactive, and engaging, they enable students to learn through discovery.
- Student-directed work – Students are intrinsically motivated, and learn about their personal strengths and ability to improve.
- Uninterrupted work periods – Working freely and at their own pace on self-selected activities, students develop concentration, time-management skills, and a love for learning.
To learn more about our academic program, please contact our Director of Admissions, Alyssa Morris, email@example.com, 805-683-9383 x104.
Source: American Montessori Society