Primary Program
4755 Prosperity Church Road
Charlotte, NC  28269

 

(704) 503-6000 

 

Elementary Program
9026 Mallard Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28262

 
 
 
 

Secondary Program
4125 Johnston Oehler Road
Charlotte, NC  28269

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Three Year Age Grouping

Maria Montessori based her philosophy and method on a deep understanding of and respect for children. According to Montessori, children are living in a process of self-realization and discovery. The central feature of the Montessori Method, which energizes all the others, is the 3-year multiage classroom structure, based on general cycles of child development. In a Montessori classroom, children get the opportunity to be the youngest, the middle child and the eldest. The 3-year grouping adds stability to a classroom by preserving the memory of classroom traditions and rituals among the two-thirds of the students who return for their 2nd or 3rd year. This multiage structure helps orient children’s minds toward an appreciation of diversity. 

The 3-year age grouping makes possible three important components which guide our daily work within the Montessori setting: Choice, Personal Connection, Collaborative Learning.

Choice 

  • guided discovery                             
  • teacher as observer
  • experiential learning
  • integration of subjects
  • differentiated follow-up work
  • individual and group lessons

Personal Connection 

  • learning through the senses 
  • impressionistic lessons
  • imaginative learning
  • parent involvement
  •  freedom of movement
  • trust and familiarity

Collaborative Learning

  • peer teaching
  • peer mentoring
  • multi-age lessons
  • companionship
  • give and take
  • communication and cooperation
 
“The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.”
            ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

 


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