The Montessori Program

Maria Montessori founded the Montessori System of Education in 1907. She was an Italian physician and child  psychologist. Her education system is as valid today as when she first began. She is still recognized in Italy for her accomplishments.

The Montessori program bestows children with a system that encourages them through all of their developmental milestones. Teachers are attuned to the child’s sensitive periods in learning. Every child has an opportunity to use the learning tools that are present throughout their years in the program. The curriculum is integrated, with each area of the classroom exhibiting a common theme.

With the Montessori program, children build a strong foundation of knowledge. In each area of the classroom, they enter at their level of understanding. They work with multi-sensory materials and repeat work as often as needed before moving on to a new level of difficulty. Teachers place materials in sequence from simple to complex. Each new material isolates one new skill at a time. The materials are self-correcting. This further assists the child in the learning process. The child uses movement, the senses and the mind in the pursuit of knowledge. Children experience learning using a hands-on approach, and work at their own pace.

Programs with three-year increments maintain a familiar and stable learning environment. Children are able to return to the familiarity of the program, teachers and the majority of their classmates and only have to adapt to a new program once every three years. Grouping ages over three years enhances learning as children model work for one another. Those who have mastered a skill or work reinforce their own skills through teaching the same skill or work to a fellow student. Children can seek out others who have similar skill or development levels and can work cooperatively.

Teachers encourage the children to become independent learners. Children learn how to choose their work and
how to become creative explorers in the quest for knowledge. They learn to problem solve at a very young age.
They develop good work habits that will prove useful throughout their lives.

Teachers create the learning environment. The Montessori teacher guides the child to suitable materials, allows each
child to work at his or her own pace and provides individual and group lessons as needed. Teachers create an
individual learning plan for each child. Children’s work is observed and then recorded.

The Term “Work”

In the Montessori classroom, we refer to the children’s purposeful pursuit of activity as “work”. They know the important things that their parents do, both at home and in their professional lives, are work. This word implies respect and high regard. It is in this way that we regard their actions, for they are achieving their highest potential and educating themselves for the future.

Additional Information

Our teachers are trained to observe and identify each child’s unique learning capabilities. They form relationships with each child based on the child’s interests and needs. Our students develop confidence and a keen interest in learning. With the exception of middle school, our programs are considered a three year unit. All sessions meet five days per week except during weeks in which holidays, in-service days or weather emergencies occur.

Student to Teacher ratio does not exceed 12:1 in any of our programs.