Individually focused. Experience based.
For more than 100 years, these have been the cornerstones of Montessori method. Less memorizing; more interacting. Less following; more discovering. The result is a learning environment that equips children to do more than pass tests. It equips them to live well.
1. Individually focused.
While Montessori children learn together, each student’s course is individually determined with one-on-one guidance from the teacher. Montessori children follow their passion wherever that passion leads, however quickly it leads them, regardless of what other students in the class are doing.
By taking ownership of their own learning, Montessori students joyfully and effectively learn independence, responsibility and initiative. They become leaders, innovators and lifelong learners.
2. Experience based.
Each Montessori classrooms is carefully set up to let a child engage on a child’s level. Shelves are in reach. Objects like tables and water pitchers are sized for smaller bodies – without being toys. Unique learning tools like the Pink Tower or the Brown Stairs are designed to let students engage and learn in ways that are physical, practical – and fun.
The result is a world where life lessons and key academic concepts aren’t taught so much as they are discovered. Students learn better as each engages in his or her own way. And because Montessori classrooms span 3-year age ranges instead of a single year, students learn from those who are older or younger than themselves too.
Recent neuropsychological research shows that enriched, experimental learning environments actually do help children build better brains. Universities are still studying the approach developed by Maria Montessori in the late 1800s. And our students are still reaping the rewards.