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About Montessori

What is Montessori?

Montessori is an educational approach that has been used for over 100 years and trusted by over 20,000 schools around the world. It is an ideal educational method for young children that involves a series of toys, designed through research to meet their developmental needs. It is comprehensive — addressing the child’s cognitive, physical, linguistic, social and emotional development. 

Researchers have long recognized the many benefits of Montessori, necessary competencies in a fast-changing world where learning how to learn is the best foundation for success.

Benefits of Montessori

1. Learning Through Play

Researchers have proven the educational benefits of guided play for young children, including advances in language development, executive function and brain growth itself.

 

2. Embodied Learning

Studies show that when educational activities incorporate movement, learners gain a better understanding of content and remember that content more accurately.

 

3. Creativity

Montessori is a pathway to creativity. Some of the greatest innovators of today, like the founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia, attended Montessori preschool.

 

4. Independence

Children who have more independence in their learning have been shown to work harder, perform better, retain more information, and are more creative and joyful.

 

5. Perseverance

Montessori toys present just the right amount of challenge, encouraging children to stretch, practice and master new skills. This cycle builds self-confidence and a growth mindset.

 

6. Concentration & Flow

Steven Kotler, Director for the Flow Genome Project, explains that Montessori settings are among the highest flow environments that researchers have found.

 

Who Supports Montessori?

 

“Our success was partly from our Montessori training, not following rules and orders and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world…”

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, Google founders, Montessori alumni

 

 

On assuming control of the Washington Post: “The Montessori method, learning by doing, once again became my stock in trade.”

Katharine Graham, First female Fortune 500 CEO, Montessori alumna

 

 

“… people who receive maximum affection in these early years have less fear and distrust for the rest of their lives, and are more compassionate toward others. Montessori is wonderful in this way.”

The Dalai Lama, Montessori supporter

 

 

“Montessori has helped me become the person I am today”

Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors MVP, Montessori Alum

 

 

“I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel prize-winning author, Montessori alumnus

 

 

“Structure is an absolutely important part of the creative life, and [my daughter] got this from her Montessori experience.”

Yo-Yo Ma, 18-time Grammy Award-winning cellist, Montessori parent