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Discover the Montessori Method: Choosing the Right School For Your Child

Welcome to the world of Montessori education, a revolutionary approach that empowers children to learn and grow at their own pace.

Learn about Dr. Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking method and how to choose the perfect Montessori school for your child’s educational journey.

Dr. Maria Montessori was pioneer who redefined education by focusing on individualized learning using scientific methodology.

With over 20,000 Montessori schools worldwide, including 1,000+ in Canada and 5,000+ in the United States, the Montessori Method is the oldest and most widely embraced alternative educational philosophy.

Dr. Montessori’s legacy lives on through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which she founded with her son Mario in 1929 to preserve her teachings and methodology.

 Despite the stewardship the AMI provides, Dr. Montessori never actually patented or trademarked her pedagogy. As a result, not all schools labelled as Montessori adhere to the same principles as originally laid out.

Here are some key principles to consider when evaluating a Montessori school for your child.

Key Principles to Consider:

  1. School Types: Montessori schools come in various forms, including private, public, non-profit, childcare, independent and coop or community schools.
  2. Fee Structure: Some Montessori schools charge fees, while others are part of public school programs and are free, or may be subsidized.
  3. Affiliation and Training: Inquire about the school’s affiliation with Montessori organizations (like AMI or the American Montessori Society, the AMS) and teacher training qualifications.
  4. Classroom Observation: Reputable schools encourage observing the classroom in action.
  5. Environment: Look for orderly, bright, and beautiful classrooms with Montessori-specific materials. Most materials are made of wood and very little, if any, plastic toys of any kind are to be found.
  6. Uninterrupted Work Cycle: A 3-hour uninterrupted work cycle allows children to explore their interests independently or in small groups. The teacher or guide, as more commonly referred to in Montessori education, observes the children and assists when needed. The daily routine is not broken up into subject areas that children transition between at specified times. Each child works at their own pace and chooses their own work during the 3 hours blocks.
  7. Multi-Age Classrooms: Montessori classrooms typically feature multi-age groupings to support collaborative learning and peer mentoring. Children are usually grouped in classrooms for infants to 3 years, 3-6 years, 6-12 years and 12-18 years. Yes, some lucky jurisdictions have Montessori schools through adolescence like these examples.
  8. Curriculum: Montessori education encompasses various subjects, from literacy to practical life skills, without traditional tests or homework. The children are engaged in geography, biology, math, science, cultural studies and sensorial work through rich resources that encourage deeper exploration and intrinsic learning.
  9. Inclusivity: Montessori education is designed to empower all children, regardless of background or ability. Dr. Montessori began her work with disadvantaged and developmentally challenged children and proved that these children, whom everyone believed could not be educated, actually thrived under her teachings.
  10. Authenticity Check: Explore reputable organizations like AMI-Canada, AMI-USA, and AMS-USA  or the North American Montessori Teachers Association NAMTA for guidance on finding authentic Montessori schools in your area.

Further Reading and Resources


The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, Angeline Stoll Lillard

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education, Trevor Eissler

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, Tim Seldin

Montessori A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and Teachers, Paula Polk Lillard

The Montessori Toddler, Simone Davies


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The Montessori Toddler, Simone Davies

We hope that this introductory guide has been a helpful resource and encourage you to do additional research.

Embark on your child’s educational journey with confidence by choosing a Montessori school that aligns with Dr. Maria Montessori’s pioneering vision. Explore the wonders of Montessori education and unlock your child’s full potential.