The essential purpose of a Montessori education is to offer each child an environment in which he can develop the skills and habits he needs for a lifetime of learning and happiness.
Dr. Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman physician in Italy, and a pioneer in early education, recognized the critical importance of childhood learning. She spent many decades creating “The Montessori Method”, an integrated program tailored to meet the developmental needs of young children.
Around age six, children graduate from the Montessori Primary class (preschool/kindergarten) into elementary school. At around six, children change both physically (e.g.,the first permanent teeth come in), socially (e.g., a marked eagerness to work in groups versus individually; children become more social), and intellectually (e.g., they are able to grasp more abstract ideas, and become interested in the whys of things, as well as in fairness). Dr. Montessori described this as children entering a new plane of development.
Naturally, as the child matures and changes, so does an educational program tailored to the child’s needs.
Montessori Elementary is designed to fully engage six- to twelve-year-olds in learning—to leverage their sociability, their curiosity, and their drive to contribute to their community so they can acquire the skills and knowledge they need to flourish in life.