At Harpeth Montessori, we are guided by the educational method developed over 100 years ago by Italian physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. 

 

Using scientific observation and experience gained from her work with young children, Maria Montessori designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered the children’s natural desire to learn.

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Montessori vs. Conventional School

Fundamentals of the Montessori Environment

Montessori material Segen wood board №1
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  • Mixed-age classrooms

  • Uninterrupted work cycles (2-3 hours)

  • Children are free to choose materials

  • Progress at their own pace

  • Teachers guide students, no lectures

  • Minimal standardized testing

  • Freedom within limits

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship

  • Peer-to-peer collaboration

  • Critical thinking & problem solving

  • Practical life work and experiences

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Why Mixed-Age Classrooms?