Why Montessori

Several key principles come together to form the Montessori approach:

  • Movement and learning are closely connected. Movement enhances learning.
  • Placing children into mixed age groups, corresponding to the planes of development, helps them relate to children who are both older and younger.
  • Observation of the child helps reveal the proper timing of the presenting of new information and experiences.
  • Attending to sensitive periods of development helps to guide the choice of classroom activity in which a child will be engaged.
  • The classroom experience should build on the desire of the young child to master his or her environment.
  • The use of self-correcting materials allow children to manipulate and explore at their own pace.