“Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life.” – Maria Montessori

Elementary students want to know “why” and “how”. Although they continue learning through hands-on engagement and being self-directed, the reasoning mind and imagination allows students to explore the abstract. The Montessori environment allows adequate time for repetition. Students can choose their comfortable pace of moving on to the next level instead of being forced by fixed curriculum. The Teacher is not the only developmental resource in a Montessori environment. Students are encouraged to work with each other, collaboratively and cooperatively. While working collaboratively, students learn to think. Each mistake stimulates the student’s ability to problem-solve. They are encouraged to think “what else can I do to solve this or make it better?”; as opposed to just rushing through the work to turn in the assignment.

There is no homework in Montessori learning. We expect students to try as hard as they can in the classroom so they may rest at home to be energetic the next day. Students will bring the work home to complete only if they do not manage their time wisely in the classroom. This is a way to teach students responsibility and self-discipline. In the Elementary classroom, freedom is given with corresponding responsibility. A student who can carry more responsibility often has more freedom and vice versa. The Montessori environment does not evaluate students by tests. We believe that a one-time test does not reflect what the student knows or has learned.