What is a Montessori School?
The Montessori method emphasizes independence and respect for each child’s individual development. Compared to traditional schools, Montessori schools tend to give children more freedom in their choice of activities. Children in Montessori schools learn the same subjects as students in more traditional schools, but they do so in a less structured environment and with the ability to focus on activities they like best. Multiage groups, uninterrupted blocks of work time and guided choice of work activities are essential components of a Montessori education.
Montessori education is named after Maria Montessori, a late Italian physician and educator. More information on Maria and Montessori education is available from the American Montessori Society.
What can a Montessori education do for your child?
A Montessori education teaches children to be independent and confident in social interactions with peers. Just ask Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google, who credit their Montessori education as one of the driving factors behind their success:
Other notable Montessori school graduates include:
- Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia
- Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States
- George Clooney, the Academy Award winning actor
- Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com
- And many more!