Principles of Montessori

Montessori understands that children are natural learners.  By providing an enriched classroom with engaging materials and expert, caring teachers, all students build a strong foundation for a life-long love of learning.

According to Professor Angela Lillard, the key principles of Montessori education are:

  1. Hands-on activity and movement enhances thinking and learning.
  2. Learning and well-being are improved when children have a sense of control in the classroom.
  3. Children learn best when they are interested in their activities.
  4. Tying rewards or bribes to learning, like stickers, money for grades, etc., negatively impacts motivation in the long term.
  5. Teamwork and learning together is effective.
  6. Learning meaningful content is deeper and richer than learning in abstract contexts.
  7. Quality, trained and experienced teachers make a significant difference.
  8. Peace, order and predictability are beneficial to children.

Adapted from: Angela Lillard, Montessori, Science Behind the Genius,  (2005).