WHY MONTESSORI? The Montessori method and philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago remain a highly effective educational system for our children today. Montessori classrooms provide prepared environments wherein children are able to develop independence. They learn to take care of themselves and their environments. Montessori Guides (teachers) have extraordinary observation skills; they guide their children rather than handing down instructions. The Guides exercise patience and respect as the children explore the environment around them, which is filled with opportunities for learning across all fundamental areas: mathematics, botany, geography, geometry, language, and practical life. The Guide and the prepared environment empower the children to develop confidence. Academic concepts are presented very methodically and the children have the ability to practice over and over with the materials until they are able to master the concept and fully integrate it into their individual learning style. The Montessori method meets the needs of children; Montessori Guides provide individualized lessons to teach children to the best of each child’s potential. This careful and intentional process for growth fosters deeper meaning in each lesson. The Montessori method allows for and cultivates the child’s inquisitive and curious nature. As a result, the child’s knowledge is intrinsically more powerful, and she gains more and more confidence and independence in her educational journey, instilling a deep and self-initiated desire to learn. The Montessori approach is known for its long history, the success of its graduates, and the very fact that it makes learning so fun for children of all ages. Students look forward to going to school. They are allowed to interact, move around, engage physically with their environment, and communicate.