The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the late 1800’s, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to 6 years old. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
Multiage groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and diversities.