What is Montessori?

What is Montessori Philosophy

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in the first half of the 20th century. Montessori is now practiced in thousands of schools in the U.S. and around the world, serving children from preschool through high school.  Montessori is based on observations of children’s natural development, so it’s different for children at different ages, but there are common characteristics across the ages: student choice, hands-on materials, mixed-age classrooms, and the comprehensive Montessori curriculum.


 Student Choice

In Montessori, the children choose their own work.  Montessori trained teachers prepare the classroom environment and present new lessons and materials, and children are free to choose the activities that engage them deeply and work with them for extended periods.


 Hands-on Materials

Montessori education may be best known for the carefully designed materials that engage children’s hands and imaginations, encouraging them to explore and discover ideas from algebra to zoology and all points in between.


 Mixed-age Classrooms

Montessori classrooms use three-year groupings based on children’s development, allowing for mentoring, modeling, peer learning, and a strong, vibrant classroom community. Children typically stay with the same teacher for three years at a time.


 Montessori Curriculum

Children choose their work from an enormous range of ideas, concepts, skills, and content areas, following their curiosity and developing their passions.  Trained teachers support children’s engagement in all areas of the curriculum.


See It in Action

The very best way to learn more about Sunstone Montessori is to see it in action. We encourage you to reserve your place in an Information Session, where you will visit our campus, take a tour, observe classrooms, meet staff, and learn more about what we do. We look forward to meeting you!

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