7 Ways to Encourage Independence

You probably know that encouraging independence is a hallmark of Montessori education and parenting.  The best way to teach our children to do things for themselves is to create supportive structures in which they can gradually depend on us less … Continue reading

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

Montessori Basics: Reality vs. Fantasy

Our Montessori Basics posts are created in order to teach parents about Montessori philosophy and curriculum.  Today’s post helps illuminate how one element of the philosophy drives the curriculum.  We all know Montessori classrooms differ vastly from their more conventional, … Continue reading

Montessori Basics: Sensitive Periods

“A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods.  These are like a beam that lights interiorly or a battery that furnishes energy.  It is this sensibility which enables a child to come in contact with … 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