The Montessori Method

What is Montessori?

In practice for over a century (and supported by modern research), Montessori education is education for living a wonderful life. Montessori teachers follow a child’s drives and invite them to new discoveries. This method of education is holistic: each child is seen as an individual whose educational journey is not just academic, but physical, social, and emotional.

 

Montessori mixed-age classrooms create a natural scaffolding for learning among peers. Lessons grounded in practical, real-world skills including care of the self, the environment, and others foster independence and a sense of stewardship; each child is an important part of their classroom community.

 

Visit our program pages to see what your child will learn in their Montessori classroom.

Montessori Core Components

Hands-On Learning

Children in the first six years of life are sensory learners; they develop through exploring the world at the end of their fingertips.

Mixed-Age Classroom

Young children in the classroom benefit from older children's leadership, and older children gain mastery over their learning by sharing it with younger children.

Purposeful Work

Children have a deep love and need for purposeful activity: significant, meaningful, and grounded in reality.

Child-Directed Activity

When learning follows a child's interest, they are naturally motivated to push forward into new discoveries.

Uninterrupted Work Periods

Deep learning happens when children are given space to focus, cementing the knowledge they absorb.

All Year Montessori

Children’s absorbent minds don’t stop during the summer, so why should school? Our schedule runs 8:00-4:30* year-round. There are no disruptive transitions to before or after care, and no summer gaps in learning.


Instead, your child will have the benefit of time: to learn at their own pace in a nurturing, home-like environment. With advantages like ample outdoor time and healthy snacks from the garden, your child can enjoy peaceful, busy days. Best of all, they have the opportunity to form strong, caring bonds with their classmates and teachers. Their class community is their daytime family!


*Please note: our hours are temporarily shortened due to COVID-19.

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