A Litchfield Montessori School education plants the seeds of learning in the fertile ground of a child’s natural curiosity and joy in discovery, thus nurturing through the school years the child’s initiative to explore and to question, to engage with the world, to learn, and to emerge as a creative, imaginative, independent life-long learner. Classes are arranged in three-year age groups, each with its own carefully organized curriculum to accommodate the individual learning styles of each child: Young People’s Community (15 months to 2 ½ years) Children’s House (2 ½ - 6 years), Lower Elementary (6 – 9 years) and Upper Elementary (9-12 years).
Today researchers have confirmed Dr. Montessori’s belief that intellectual skills develop when a child’s learning process awakens as many senses as possible and when the child is happy. Montessori education engages children emotionally as well as physically with intriguing, hands-on materials and appropriately challenging concepts. As they grow through a Montessori education, children develop their aesthetic, artistic sense and learn both what Dr. Montessori called the Practical Life Skills of everyday living as well as the disciplines of language, mathematics, science, art, music, geography and history. They become confident and eager learners.
Research studies have shown that Montessori educated students are well prepared for life emotionally, socially and academically. Scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are above average in following directions, adapting to new situations, turning in work on time, listening attentively, taking responsibility, asking provocative questions, and enthusiasm for learning.
"If we say, "We are respectful and courteous in our dealing with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves," we should have mastered a great educational principle and be setting an example of good education."
"The vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to university but passing from one stage of independence to a higher by means of their own activity and effort of will."
"Some students learn without having ever received any lessons, solely through listening to the lessons given to others."