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.