The Montessori Method

Maria Montessori pioneered the following method to encourage children to develop their full potential.

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common

  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options

  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours

  • A constructivist or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction

  • Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators

  • Freedom of movement within the classroom

  • A trained Montessori teacher