Divided into age groups that span several traditional grades, students in Montessori classrooms gain several key benefits from being part of the larger group. The youngest students in each class observe and are helped by the older students both in academic lessons and social skills. The middle group sees themselves as traversing towards the responsibility of the oldest group and also serve somewhat to help the younger students. Finally, students in the oldest group in each class assume leadership roles in classroom jobs and responsibilities and also serve as social and academic leaders.
Message to families
The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. The method is centered around the specific developmental needs of the child. Montessori believed that every child learns in her own way and at her own pace. She created a new kind of classroom, called the prepared environment, designed to stimulate the individual interests of the student. Montessori is the only method of education that was developed from observing the child and following the natural desire and needs of a child at every age. More than a century later, River Valley Montessori is honored to be part of her legacy.