There are a number of unique aspects to the Montessori classroom environment and philosophy.
One distinctive aspect of the Montessori approach is respect for each child’s individuality. The children receive new lessons on the classroom materials from the guide on an individual basis or sometimes in a small group, allowing each child to progress at his or her own rate.
Intrinsic to the Montessori method is the emphasis on explorative learning and helping the child develop the ability to make informed decisions. Montessori classrooms are designed to cultivate independence and resourcefulness. Montessori students are active learners who use specially designed materials to make discoveries that lead to intellectual and cognitive growth.
Parents are often surprised at the level of academic preparation that the children receive. However, Montessori is a whole-child approach that does not place academic progress over other important aspects of development, such as peer relations, motor control, or character traits like responsibility, empathy, and personal integrity.