How is Montessori Education different?
The mulit-age Montessori
classroom emphasizes a balance between freedom and responsibility. A process toward independence and self-discipline is fostered for each child.
At the core of Montessori education is: respect for self,
each other, and the learning environment.
- Students usually spend multiple years in a multi-grade classroom with the same teacher. This provides for long-term relationships between the teacher, student, and family.
- The Montessori classroom also provides an opportunity for growing responsibility for each student.
- In a prepared environment each student moves in sequence from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract.
- Students make choices in directing their own work.
- Montessori materials are used in classrooms for math, language, science, social studies, and sensorial learning.
- The classroom environment is prepared for learning. Educational materials are sequenced, so that the student may understand their educational progress.