A MONTESSORI EDUCATION
Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Montessori education is based on these principles, as set forth by the American Montessori Society:
The aim of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.
The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
Respect ad caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.
Learning occurs in an inquiring, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self- and teacher-initiated experiences.
In Montessori schools, students are grouped in small, multi-age classrooms in which trained teachers foster their learning and growth as they are developmentally ready.