The Montessori Method

Montessori is a method of learning from infant to high school. The most important period of life is birth to age 6 as 90% of a child’s brain development occurs during this time period. Montessori is based primarily on the self-directed activity of children, hands-on learning, and collaborative play within a 2-3 year age span peer group. It allows children to develop age-appropriate independence, a love of learning, and respect for self, others, and their classroom in a way that traditional early educational models don’t. 

The Montessori Method is a scientifically proven method created by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s which has been used for over 120 years with great success. Montessori education focuses on the individual child, allowing them to learn in an environment that is adapted to their size and their innate need to explore and learn.

In our Montessori classrooms, you’ll find everything is at the child’s level, not the adult’s level. All desks, chairs, tables, shelves, are set up so that children can easily make their way through the classroom and find what they need. Our works are displayed on trays on shelves so children can see what’s there and choose what they want to work on with ease. 

In our classrooms, you will see children working together to solve problems or learn lessons. You’ll also see older children giving lessons to their younger peers. This helps both children. The older child is mastering the lesson by helping teach the younger child.

Dr Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori found that children learn better when they work together. We encourage them to work in small groups of 2-3 and help each other work through the lessons. The teachers serve as Guides who introduce the materials to the children, giving them one-on-one lessons the first time they use a new material and then the children work to master the lesson over time.

At Klein-Spring Montessori School your child will direct their learning. They’re encouraged to choose lessons that interest them because this helps create a love of learning, rather than feeling like it’s something they “have to do”. Allowing children to lead the direction of their learning, while ensuring they learn what they need at each level, helps them be excited, remain engaged, and develop a sense of self as they learn and master new skills. 

Your child will be exposed to lessons in practical life (care of self, care of environment, grace, courtesy, controls of movement), sensorial (uses of senses sight, touch, smell, taste, sound, and kinesthetic),  language (phonetic, verbal and, written), math and culture (botany, geography, history, science, and zoology). They’ll spend time indoors and outdoors playing and learning with their classmates and building friendships.

For more information on any of our Montessori Programs visit the Programs section or contact us to schedule your tour today.