What is the Montessori Method?


The Montessori Method is a teaching method created by Dr. Maria Montessori, medical doctor and visionary educator, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

  • The method has been used worldwide for the last century.
  • The method is based on observations of children and their interests, needs, and characteristics.
  • Goals are social, cognitive, and physical development.
  • The aim is to create a peaceful learning community in which children will thrive and become joyful learners.
  • Montessori students are typically self-motivated and independent learners, as well as critical thinkers.


A Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment.

  • Montessori materials are concrete, engaging, and designed to achieve specific learning objectives.
  • Materials are “hands-on” and follow a natural, stress-free progression.


A Montessori class is multi-age. The teacher provides mostly individual or small group lessons.

  • Children are grouped according to academic skill level, rather than age.
  • During class time, the children help choose lessons within their skill level and developmental goals.


Areas of a traditional Montessori classroom include:

  • Language,
  • Math,
  • Science/Social Studies,
  • Practical Life,
  • Sensorial, and
  • Art/Music/Movement.
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