The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method of learning can also be described as discovery learning. Through a time tested and scientifically developed environment, the child will develop primary elements of their character: Independence, cooperation, concentration, self-discipline and most of all self-esteem. It is no coincidence that some of the greatest thinkers of our time are past Montessori alums. Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, The Dalai Lama, Prince William and Henry and most recently, the founders of Google are a few of the famous names.

What are the basic concepts of Montessori?

The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.
Montessori Preschool of San Dimas

What do children get out of Montessori preschools as opposed to other traditional forms of education?

Montessori is often described as the "education of life". When talking about general schooling everyone refers to a curriculum; not developing character or self esteem. While a Montessori child will excel academically, our focus does not end there. Studies have shown that most students memorize facts and soon forget after their exam. Most intelligent students are passive learners and coast through school earning high grades but rarely pushing them to read or do more than they are required to. Montessori sparks the innate curiosity of a child and leads them to develop an enthusiasm about life, a curiosity for discovery and ultimately a self confidant and free thinker.
"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the period from birth to the age of six...
for that is the time when intelligence itself, her greatest implement, is being formed."
~Maria Montessori