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Parents who choose Montessori soon discover that it’s more than an educational philosophy or a teaching method. In essence, it’s a way of life.

Visit a Montessori classroom and you’ll see—

  • a classroom setting that is calm and orderly, with a place for everything and a familiar routine to the day;
  • students working at their own pace with Montessori materials and lessons, each motivated by his own intrinsic desire to learn;
  • inquisitive minds developing learning strategies by using problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
  • a community working together cooperatively, collaboratively, and respectfully.

As a parent, there’s much you can do to reinforce and build on your child’s classroom experience. Take time to fully understand the Montessori approach by reading, attending parent education meetings, and asking questions. Support your child’s school by volunteering your time and talents. And create continuity in your child’s development by using Montessori principles at home. 

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Montessori Education & Your Child

Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. It is right for children of any age.

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    Montessori Terminology

    Like professionals in many fields, Montessori educators use specific jargon when they talk about the Montessori Method. Here’s a guide to some important Montessori terms.

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      Montessori at Home

      Bringing Montessori principles into your home is a valuable bridge to what your child learns at school.

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        Supporting Your Child's School

        When you enroll your child in a Montessori school, you join a warm and welcoming community of teachers, students, and families. Being an active part of that community can bring many rewards.

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          School Concerns

          We earnestly hope that high ethical standards and their implementation are the goal of every Montessori school owner, operator, and teacher. See our standards and suggestions for how to handle issues.

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            Family Support Materials

            New to Montessori? You probably have questions. You’ll find a bounty of information on our website, plus these recommended sources for further study.

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