Montessori education offers children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan. Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence.
Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he/she is ready, guided by a teacher and a learning plan.
Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.
A teacher’s model is respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution. This means working within parameters set by their teachers and still being active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in a joyous learning experience that is sustainable over a lifetime.
Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions. Allowing these students to become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners.
As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.