Montessori Education

The Montessori Children’s House

The name “Children’s House” refers to Dr. Maria Montessori’s first preschool, Casa dei Bambini, in Rome, Italy 1907.  Montessori based her educational model on a profound respect for the child as an individual, focusing not just on a strong academic foundation, but on healthy social and emotional development as well.

Bringing children together in a multi-age classroom, for a three-year cycle, allows strong connections to develop amongst classmates, between child & teacher, and between parents & teacher.  Each child develops a sense of leadership, community, self-discipline, independence, intrinsic motivation, and a life long love of learning.

Children are allowed to work independently or in small groups, and progress at their own pace, moving from introduction of a new activity or concept, to a period of self-directed practice and finally to demonstrate mastery and a readiness to move on to the next challenge.
Why We Use Mixed Age Groupings

The Montessori Teacher

The Montessori teacher, or “Directress” – a term Maria Montessori herself preferred, acts as a guide to the classroom materials and learning environment.  She keeps detailed records on each child’s progress, their interests, strengths and challenges, the lessons they have had, and their independent practice and exploration with the Montessori materials.  The teacher provides the initial lessons for each activity or concept and observes the child has they practice and experiment with the specially designed materials.  When the teacher observes the child’s mastery she knows the child is ready for the next lesson in the progression of Montessori curriculum.
Maria Montessori: BBC Extraordinary Women Series

The Montessori Student

How does the child benefit from the experience of a three-year cycle in an authentic Montessori environment? Read more…
The Benefits of a Montessori Education
Montessori Education and Your Child
Maria Montessori and 10 Famous Graduates From Her Schools

Montessori At Home

How can you extend the philosophy and practices of Montessori to your child’s life at home? Read more…
At Home With Montessori
Bringing Montessori Principles Into Your Home

Recommended Reading

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way  by Tim Seldin

A Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline D. Wolf

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler