The goal of Montessori education is to foster autonomous, competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.
Follow the Child Learning occurs in an inquisitive, cooperative and nurturing atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self-initiated experiences with teacher guidance.
Concrete to Abstract Learning Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn through the repeated use of hands-on materials and interacting with others. These experiences are precursors to understanding abstract ideas.
Respect for the Individual The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important. Respect for oneself, others, the environment and life is necessary to develop a caring attitude toward all people and the planet.
Classrooms are child-centered
Materials and classrooms are structured to help develop a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.
There is an abudane of materials to meet the needs of many developmental levels.
The materials are sequenced from simple to complex and are presented in the classroom in a logical order throughout the year.
There is a quiet busy zone.
A sense of community is fostered in classrooms with mixed age groupings.
A balance of freedom and responsibility is stressed.