The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is a holistic approach to learning focused on the whole development of the child. With encouragement and support, students discover their unique talents and missions in life.

A Unique Approach to Learning

The Montessori Method is a unique approach to learning that meets the needs of students with disabilities, the gifted and talented, and all students in between in an inclusive, supportive environment. Developed by Maria Montessori, an Italian educator and physician in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori Method is a highly sensorial and tactile instructional program.

Hands-On Learning

Montessori provides hands-on learning materials for all subject areas. Children experience the curriculum with all five senses and develop skills by engaging in physical activities. Movement is essential to learning in the Montessori classroom. Children enjoy uninterrupted work periods, which allow them to focus intently on what they are learning. Teachers observe students and present new material when students master concepts and skills. Montessori is child-centered, and we treat students with great respect. Students enjoy a great deal of freedom to guide their own learning within a highly structured and orderly environment.

The Montessori Environment

The Montessori classroom incorporates beautiful, open spaces with furniture and shelves sized to accommodate children. We arrange classrooms into “areas,” each area having “works” (educational objects) that address particular subject areas. Each work has a specific purpose intended to teach children as they learn to use it correctly. These intentionally developed, self-correcting works teach students to correct their own mistakes instead of relying on a teacher to give them the correct answer. Students learn to work independently and cooperatively, and to respect the space and privacy of others.

The Montessori Curriculum

Our curriculum scope and sequence is in alignment with Idaho Content Standards.

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