Freedom Within Limits

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.” -Maria Montessori One of the more common misconceptions about Montessori education is that we let … Continue reading

Independence and the Montessori Child

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” -Maria Montessori You may already know that Montessori educators value and encourage independence in even their youngest students. Why is it so important? We believe that … Continue reading

The Benefits of Multi-Age Grouping

One hallmark of a Montessori education is the use of multi-age classrooms. Infants and toddlers may be together or separate, with a toddler classroom serving children 18 months to three years. Primary classrooms are for children ages 3-6, with preschool … Continue reading

The Planes of Development

Maria Montessori based her entire educational philosophy on the idea that children developed through a series of four planes. Each of these planes is easy to recognize and has clear, defining characteristics. If we study and understand these stages, we … Continue reading

The Prepared Environment

One of the most important elements of any Montessori classroom is the prepared environment. Montessori educators put great effort and intention into making sure the classroom environment is organized in such a way that it invites children to learn and … Continue reading

What is the Montessori work period?

You may already know a bit about the Montessori work period, also known as the work cycle. What exactly is it, and why is it so important? A Montessori work cycle is an uninterrupted block of time. During this time … Continue reading

What is ‘Practical Life’?

As Montessorians we believe education is more than just academics. We aim to nurture not only the intellect, but the development of the whole child in an effort to prepare them for all aspects of life. Practical life in Montessori … Continue reading

Why Encourage Self-Directed Play?

Perhaps you’ve heard about self-directed play, also known as open-ended play. Maybe you haven’t. It may seem like a recent trend, but the truth is the concept is nothing new. Plus, the benefits are extensive. Once you understand the reasons … Continue reading