The Education Value
“We originally transferred in from another Montessori school, and we can confirm firsthand that not all Montessori schools are created equal. The AMI and AMS approaches have some pretty big distinctions. Wheaton Montessori School’s commitment to authenticity is truly something special, and I believe it to be pretty unique. We’re grateful for every bit of the work and dedication it takes to sustain that, especially given how much the school has been growing.” – Jenn W., Elementary Parent
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. The Montessori Method has been tested over time with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. The approach values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
An authentic Montessori program includes multiage groups that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of learning time and guided choice of work activities. In addition, a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials is meticulously arranged and available for use.
Multiage groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method. The younger children learn from the older children while older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world where individuals must work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
The Montessori Method of education includes a learning triangle of teacher, child, and environment. The classroom encourages independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
To learn more about the Montessori Method of education and its educational value, visit the Association Montessori Internationale website (AMI).