Montessori education is built on the idea that all learners are individuals. The curriculum allows children to develop skills at their own pace, working alone or in groups. Students may move freely throughout the classroom and socialize, while learning to respect others’ work. The freedom to choose assists the child in constructing key executive functions such as inner discipline, cognitive flexibility, and working memory.
Students are grouped into classes that span three years. These mixed-age classrooms provide a greater range of curriculum options and reduced competition. Older children mentor and teach younger ones, building confidence and competence. Peer learning also promotes cooperation and a sense of community. This flexibility and focus on social skills allow learning to be tailored to the needs of the individual, regardless of ability, learning style, or social maturity.