About Montessori

About Montessori


Montessori is an educational philosophy and practice that fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with the goal of nurturing each child's natural desire for knowledge, understanding and respect. 


Montessori education values the development of the whole child - physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. 

The five core components of Montessori are: trained Montessori teachers, multi-age classrooms, using Montessori materials, child-directed work, and uninterrupted work periods.   

Parkside's Montessori Program

The Montessori program (TK - 6th grade with future expansion to 8th grade) is guided by the principle that each child possesses innate abilities which can be maximized in an environment where the child is an active participant in the learning process.

The program emphasizes the development of every aspect of the child's intellectual, social, and creative abilities, using hand-on materials and structured learning environments. In addition, the Montessori method places emphasis on the attitudes and skills which inspire lifelong learning.

The Montessori program incorporates the following approaches:

  • Self-motivation rather than teacher-led instruction
  • Group work and individual activity
  • Responsible freedom of movement
  • Self-educational and self-correcting learning materials
  • Emphasis on cooperation and caring for peers, younger students, our environment and planet
  • Built-in mastery level and assessment in every material used and student work tasks providing continuous feedback.

Resource for parents about Montessori

Below we linked the "for families" pages from two of our partner organizations. We encourage all incoming and current families to continue to deepen their understanding of Montessori - and these websites are a great place to start.  

Parkside Montessori has been a member of the American Montessori Society since 2019.