Why Montessori

Why Montessori

All parents hope to find the best educational program for their children. They recognize the lasting impact that early learning experiences have on a child’s development and future learning. A Montessori education develops students who are capable, accountable, knowledgeable people who have the strong sense of self they will need to thrive in the real world.

A young child stacking pink blocks on top of each other.

Montessori Curriculum

  • check4 Provides limitless academic challenges
  • check4 Focuses on mastery
  • check4 Motivates children to learn through action, exploration, and discovery
  • check4 Promotes self-correction and independent problem solving
  • check4 Guides and supports each child’s individual progress
  • check4 Deepens a child’s engagement in the process of learning

School Culture

  • check4 Values children for their own unique gifts and strengths
  • check4 Teaches and models grace, courtesy, and respect
  • check4 Honors diversity across ages, genders, religions, and cultural backgrounds
  • check4 Encourages purposeful engagement in the school community
  • check4 Cultivates meaningful and lasting relationships among teachers, parents, and students
  • check4 Fosters collaboration and mentorship

Through these guiding principles, children develop critical skills for academic, professional, and personal success.

Montessori Education vs. Traditional Education

Development at a student’s own pace—instruction dictated by student’s developmental needs, learning styles, and interestsDevelopment according to structured curriculum appropriate for student’s age or grade
Striving for mastery of skills and conceptsHeavy emphasis on grades
Hands-on learningMost information dispensed by lecture
Study of various subjects individually or in small groups in different parts of the roomClass, as a group, studying one subject at a time
Uninterrupted work periodsSchedule of classes each timed in length with relatively frequent interruptions
Freedom of movementClass seated at desks most of the time
Child-centered approach with teacher as a guideTeacher-centered approach
Student as an active participant, involved in “doing”Limited opportunities for active participation
Learning through mastery of lesson and repetition, which reinforces internal feelings of success, competency, and self-confidenceLearning reinforced externally by competition, grades, test scores, and rewards
Environment and method that encourage self-discipline and self-direction in the learning processTeacher direction of the student’s learning process and discipline

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