The Montessori method of instruction was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. A student-centered educational approach focused on the holistic development of children from birth to adulthood, this time-tested instructional method is marked by a number key features: multi-age student groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted periods of work time, instructor-guided choice of work activities, and a full complement of authentic Montessori learning materials.

Through a combination of each of these features, Montessori education encourages students to develop: 

Sense of order

Order makes children feel secure. Children who follows a consistent, predictable routine are able to anticipate what will follow from one event to the next. Building upon this sense of order, Montessori education shows children how to explore the world around them and translate the outer order they are developing into inner order.


The motto “help me to do it myself” encourages students to develop independence and positive self-esteem. Indeed, the overall structure of Montessori schools and classrooms help students develop a belief in their ability to do many things independently.


Success causes motivation, not failure. Therefore, Montessori students learn at their own pace and are encouraged by their own personal successes.

Freedom of movement

Montessori students are free to move about the classroom in order to select appropriate learning activities. This freedom of movement enables students to interact with their peers in both academic and social interactions.


Even very young students can spend an enormous amount of time concentrating on activities when they are not interrupted.  As such, Montessori teachers prepare their classrooms and manage their students so that the students' natural ability to concentration is not lost.

A sense of responsibility 

Montessori students are taught to perceive themselves as having the ability to take charge of themselves, to take care of their work and studies, and to take an active part in solving social conflicts.