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The most important time in life is not university studies, but the stage from birth to six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence, his greatest implement, is being formed. – Maria Montessori

The Montessori pedagogy was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori to help children in the process of self construction. Montessori classrooms create an environment strategically designed to let children discover their own unique set of drives and strengths, and foster a love of learning. Daily rotation through self-chosen, self-guided “jobs” lays the foundation for independence and responsibility. The Montessori pedagogy is the single most widespread pedagogy in use today and we are excited to introduce its proven methods to new generations at Lakeshore Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten in Vancouver, Washington.

Comparing Montessori & Traditional Education

  • Active Individualized Learning through stimulating and multi-sensory teaching materials.
  • Multi-age Classrooms mirrors a more natural social environment and fosters self-motivation. Students enjoy working for their own sense of accomplishment.
  • Freedom of Choice involves decision-making. Students select their work according to individual interests
  • Working at One’s Own Pace enables students to work for long periods without interruption. Each individual works at his potential, independent of the class.
  • Integral (Interwoven) Education balances academic work with freedom of movement and harmony is created between physical, social and mental activities. There is an interrelationship between subjects.
  • Independence is fostered by a classroom designed to encourage development.
  • Self-Evaluation occurs as students learn to evaluate their work objectively through the use of self-correcting teaching materials and individual work with the teacher.
  • Reality-Oriented Education maintains concrete; first-hand experience is the basis for abstraction.
  • Close Student-Teacher Interaction enables complete and precise evaluation of student’s progress, both academically and psychologically.
  • Passive Class Learning through teacher-centered class lessons and class-wide paperwork.
  • Chronological Grouping requires external rewards such as grades, and creates an environment that fosters both competition and social conformity.
  • Class Curriculum demands all students cover the same work at the same time at the same pace.
  • Group Learning involves each academic subject being scheduled for a limited period. Each student is directly affected by the progress of the whole class.
  • Fragmented Education provides academic subjects that are not interrelated. Periods of intense mental efforts are alternated with periods of vigorous physical activity to release tension.
  • Dependency is promoted since the activities are initiated by the teacher.
  • Class Comparison occurs as work is evaluated and graded by the teacher. Students evaluate themselves against the group as being the best or worst in the class.
  • Abstract Education has students learning through mechanical memorization.
  • Class-Oriented Teaching prevents close interaction between individual students and teacher. Standardized tests are necessary to determine student progress.

More on the Montessori Method…

The Montessori Mafia

So many of today’s top creative executives and pioneers attended Montessori schools that The Wall Street Journal was inspired to run a story on “The Montessori Mafia.” Watch the founders of Google reflect on what a Montessori education gave them:

Montessori Alumni


Bill Gates


Katharine Graham

WA Post Owner/Editor

George Clooney


Julia Child

Pioneering Chef

Will Wright

The Simms Creator

Jackie O

First Lady & Editor

Princes William & Harry


Chelsea Clinton


Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO

Helen Hunt


Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia Founder

Anne Frank


Gabriel Garcia Maquel

Nobel Winning Author

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