Montessori education supports the development of each individual child. Taking a holistic approach, Montessori programs are concerned not only with the mastery of curriculum but also with helping each child realize her full human potential to become a contributing member of the community.
Montessori classrooms are peaceful communities where children learn to share resources, respect the work of others and work together in harmony. Cooperation, collaboration, organization, communication, creativity and problem solving are a part of the daily life of the classroom.
Montessori education recognizes universal principles of human development. We understand that children go through developmental stages and have specific ways of learning at each stage. It is these stages that shape our multi-age classrooms, where children spend three to four years with the same teacher, growing from being the youngest in the class to the elders in the community.
- Primary classroom (3-6 years old)
- Lower Elementary classroom (6-9 years old)
- Upper Elementary classroom (9-12 years old)
- Erdkinder classroom (12-14 years old)
Montessori education respects every child’s different pace of development. Montessori teachers, or “guides”, observe and plan activities that best serve the needs of each individual child. Children are supported in their learning through
- Individual lessons where the guide presents specific ways of manipulating a material. These lessons guide the child to master skills and concepts in carefully calibrated steps based on the readiness of the child.
- Working in partnership with other children. A younger child may learn from an older child; an older child consolidates his knowledge through helping younger children;observing the work of other children in the classroom.
More than one hundred years after it was first implemented, Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education continues to be relevant and successful worldwide. At Annie Fisher Montessori, we invite you to visit our school to see this revolutionary method in action.