"The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900's.
She based her philosophy of education on careful observations of children. It is founded on a deep respect for children and their unlimited potential. Dr. Montessori believed that learning is an active, hands-on process.
Classrooms are carefully prepared to encourage children to work with materials that are appropriate for their developmental age and ability. Teachers act as guides assisting the process of self-motivated discovery. Mixed age groupings create a social setting similar to an extended family. Children benefit academically and socially from this experience, developing problem-solving and cooperative work skills.
Excerpted from the preschool's website