Freedom Within Limits

Each Montessori class, from toddler through high school, operates on the principle of “freedom within limits.” Every program has its set of ground rules that differ from age to age, but are always based on core Montessori beliefs – respect for each other and for the environment. Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials he may introduce to individual children or to a group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.