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Montessori Method

 "Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, a pioneer in the area of child development and education who believed that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn.

The Montessori classroom is designed in scale and content to encourage independence, choice and exploration.  A highly prepared, calm environment encourages concentration and confidence. Montessori materials are introduced by preschool teachers in hands-on lessons and then made freely available to individual or small groups of students based on their interests and developmental needs.

Practical Life - familiar materials help children learn to care for themselves and their environment

Sensorial  - materials refine the senses and help children assess and categorize the many sensory impressions they receive from their environment

Language - materials encourage vocabulary enrichment, language training and development of writing and reading

Math - materials start with concrete examples of number symbols and quantity and build to concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Cultural - materials and lessons span geography, history, art, music, science, cooking, gardening, courtesy and other learning opportunities that present themselves

The multi-year Montessori program is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of early developmentally sensitive years when children easily absorb information from an enriched and structured environment.

At Friends School of Wilmington, our Montessori program begins with children age 18 months and culminates in our Stargazer preschool classes, after which students are well prepared for our Inquiry Based Learning program.