The Montessori Method
“The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn,” states the American Montessori Society. At a Montessori school, teacher, environment, and child form a learning triangle. The classroom, meticulously organized with Montessori learning materials, is designed to allow movement and collaboration. Teachers guide rather than instruct, encouraging independence, sense of order, and freedom within limits. Mixed-age classrooms foster peer learning and cultivate leadership among older students.