Level I: Infants

8 weeks to 12 months


Level II: Toddlers

12 to 24 months

Level III: Older Toddlers

2 to 3 year olds

Level IV: Montessori Class

3 to 6 year olds

 

“No education can teach a child to walk before its time; here nature herself commands and must be obeyed.  Further, it is futile to try to keep the child still who has started to walk and run, because nature directs that any developed organ must be put to use.  So as soon as language appears the child begins to chatter…..”
Dr. Montessori, Education for a New World 

Dr. Montessori referred to the young child’s mind as “absorbent.”  Their minds act unconsciously absorbing experiences and impressions that are the foundation for creating his intellectual abilities.  Have you ever thought about how it is possible for a young child to learn language when it is so difficult a task for adults to learn a new language?  The young child hears birds, cars, music, and numerous other sounds, yet they are able to distinguish their “mother tongue” and use it with all of the correct phrases, pronunciations, and accents, local idioms, and familiar idiosyncrasies.  Everything necessary for the child to acquire language resides within them, not from an outside source that has to “teach” them. 

A Montessori classroom is a “prepared” environment, which means everything in it is designed for use by the children who occupy it.  There are small tables, chairs and rugs, brooms, sponges, and an array of specially developed materials that teach them how to care for their environment, learn how to read, write, and understand math, science, and geography.  The children also have lessons in grace and courtesy, which provides them with tools that help them socialize and interact appropriately.