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Putting Students First: Apple Montessori's Child-Centered Approach


What might you see when you enter an Apple Montessori classroom? What you won't see is a teacher standing in front of a classroom delivering a lecture. Instead, you'll find children engaged in various age-appropriate activities, guided by their teacher and motivated to learn by their natural interests and capabilities.

You might find a child busy with a button-sewing project in one area, while another child completes a puzzle nearby. These carefully selected activities, and many others, are hands-on projects that children can engage in and experience for themselves, when they choose. The activities encourage children to use all five senses to discover the world around them. 

Within the Montessori philosophy of child development and education, the teacher's role is to observe the students and facilitate learning by guiding and mentoring them in their individual learning journeys. Teachers provide secure, stimulating environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue their interests at their own pace. Based on individual capabilities, students progress from one activity to another uninterrupted, discovering answers and learning to master new subject matter ― including reading, writing, math, science, language, geography, and art.

Attuned to each child’s needs, Montessori teachers:

  • Respect children as individuals, guiding them on unique pathways for development and education
  • Create a calm, joyful environment that allows each child to connect to productive work that is of interest to them
  • Engage children where they are in the learning process to discover their potential while understanding how to help themselves
  • Foster independence, self-direction, critical thinking, responsibility, and social and emotional skills
"The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work." ― Dr. Maria Montessori, "The Absorbent Mind"

For over 50 years, Montessori teachers have encouraged collaboration, cooperation, and kindness among students to create a supportive community where each child can succeed confidently in their educational pursuits. When a child is happy and secure in their classroom, extraordinary educational and social outcomes are possible.

In recent surveys, 95 percent of Apple Montessori parents shared that they would recommend Apple Montessori to other parents. Let us help your child excel in the classroom and in life! Learn more today and find an Apple Montessori Schools location and program that's right for your child.