Why Montessori?

Philosophy

Montessori philosophy recognizes that children have a natural drive that inspires them to reach their potential. Their inherent love of learning is stimulated when they engage in meaningful activities with the proper balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers. Montessori children develop skills of concentration, motivation, and self-discipline. 

Classroom

In a Montessori class, children engage in interactive learning in an environment carefully prepared by a teacher trained to work with children of specific age groups. Children are given lessons with self-correcting materials designed by Dr. Maria Montessori, choosing their activities in language, mathematics, geography, geometry, physics, botany, art, and music with guidance from their teacher.

Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective

Parents tell you, in their own words, what makes Montessori education  special. Go "beyond 2+2" and see the difference that Montessori can make  in your child's life.


From the American Montessori Society

Dr. Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education

Dr. Steve Hughes, a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist, briefly describes how modern research has affirmed the Montessori approach as an optimal model to prepare today's children for tomorrow's world.

Montessori: The Elementary Years

Learn how the Montessori Elementary years—ages 6 through 12—prepare  children intellectually, emotionally, and socially to navigate the next  stage of their education.


From the American Montessori Society

What school could be, should be, and almost never is

TEDx Presentation by Dr. Steve Hughes,  a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist, presented to a group in Prague. Dr. Hughes discusses child brain development and the dangers of focusing on test scores as a measure of a child's academic progress and potential for future success.


Note: The "maturita" exam that Dr. Hughes refers to is loosely analogous to the SAT or ACT exams in the U.S.

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