The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as academic achievement. Each Montessori classroom operates on the principle of freedom with limits. Guided by individual work plans, children work either alone or with others with a wide array of multi-sensory materials. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery within small group collaboration.
Montessori children are adaptable. They learn to work independently and in groups. Since they have been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others. Montessori programs help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.