A Community For Children

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. ~Maria Montessori

The multi-age classroom also fosters social skills.  Only limited quantities of each material (or “works”) are on the shelves.  Children must learn to share, wait for a turn, or choose a different activity.  Each classroom spans three years, so you will see 3-year-old and 6-year-old students inhabiting the same classroom – the younger children learning from their peers, the older children learning to guide others, each child gaining valuable life skills from time spent at both ends of the spectrum.

The youngest Montessori children begin their education with lessons in Grace and Courtesy – lessons that teach them how to make life comfortable for others.  They come to value cooperation, not because teachers say its important but because its how they’ve learned to engage the world.   They’re grounded in the knowledge that each of them is unique and at the same time functioning part of the whole.  And that knowledge, we believe, is the beginning of wisdom.