The Montessori Method

“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

What is the Montessori Method?

Montessori is an innovative, child-centered approach to education, developed over a century ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. While working with institutionalized and inner-city children, Montessori discovered that children are natural learners and have an innate pathway to their own psychological development. 

Based on her findings, Montessori created an approach based on children’s developmental stages rather than chronological age. The Montessori model provides students with a prepared environment, developmentally appropriate materials, and the liberty to choose what interests them-allowing children to channel their instinctive desire to learn at a pace and level that is optimal for their individual advancement.

The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn.


Teachers guide rather than instruct.

Teachers link students with activities that meet their interests, needs, and development.

Classroom design allows movement and collaboration.

Classroom design promotes concentration and order.

What you’ll find in a Montessori classroom:


Child accessible shelves and furniture


Teacher-student collaboration


Activity stations geared toward academic, social, and practical development


Children working uninterrupted


Teachers carefully observing students at work


Older students assisting younger students


Students moving freely around the classroom