"The Montessori class focuses on the emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child.
A child-centered classroom, where each student can progress at his/her own rate, is the basis of the Montessori approach. During the work period, the children teach themselves through the use of specially designed didactic materials. They are allowed to move freely through learning centers, where the teachers guide the students in choosing an activity, completing it, and returning it to the shelf ready for others to use. By careful observation, the Montessori teacher introduces developmentally appropriate materials, and one success builds sequentially to another, increasing self-confidence.
The classes are communities with ground rules designed to promote independence, consideration for others, and self-discipline. The classes are multiage grouped in order to develop a sense of community, where children work together. The younger children teach patience and empathy, and the older children are role models, providing the younger ones assistance with work and help in adjusting to the classroom.
Through individual and group activities, each child experiences decision making, independent thinking, and concern for his own and other's property rights.
Excerpted from the preschool's website