6 Benefits of a Montessori Education

By Joyce Whitman, Inly School November 3, 2023

Montessori is an innovative, learner-centered approach to education designed to cultivate a child's natural desire to learn, not to simply fill them with facts. At its core, Montessori education is about fostering students' curiosity and natural inclination to learn. It is flexible, developmentally responsive, and designed to fit a student's needs and interests while teaching core academic subjects and fundamental skills.

Here are 6 benefits students receive with a Montessori education:

1. Self-Motivation

Rather than supplying students with answers, Montessori teachers act as guides, actively engaging them in the learning process. Students take ownership of their learning and are motivated to work on a skill until they have mastered it. They are not bound by traditional grade levels, so students can move ahead when they’re academically and developmentally ready for new work.  

2. Independence

From the youngest age, students learn to take care of themselves, their belongings, and their environment. Montessori’s “practical life” component teaches students developmentally appropriate life skills, ranging from how to set a table and prepare a snack to how to study for a test and manage their time.

3. Confidence

Montessori’s learner-centered approach recognizes and embraces different learning styles. A student’s learning preferences are nurtured, and strengths are developed to their fullest, helping each child reach their full potential and building confidence along the way.

4. Empathy

Montessori integrates peace and social justice education into its curriculum and within the daily life of the classroom. Teachers model respect, kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution, and students have a greater sense of justice and fairness. Students also learn to care about others through community service.

5. Deep Understanding of Academics

The use of distinctive, hands-on materials allows children to gradually move from concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention. Students are engaged in their learning and are able to effectively grasp math, science, and cultural concepts. They find joy in working with the materials until they master a lesson inside and out.

6. Leadership 

Montessori classrooms are multi-age by design, usually spanning three years. Older students serve as leaders and mentors, while younger students feel supported and gain confidence. As students learn academic and life skills in a supportive environment, they naturally build the qualities of an exceptional leader: self-motivation, confidence, focus, innovation, and empathy.

Montessori students develop an internal sense of purpose and motivation. They build a high level of self-discipline, experience greater self-esteem, and are prepared to succeed in high school, college, and in life.

 Interested in seeing the Montessori approach in action? Come to Inly School’s Open House on Tuesday, November 7 at 9:00 AM. 

An innovative learning community in Scituate, Inly School draws toddler through 8th-grade students from 20 South Shore towns. 

Inly’s Montessori+ curriculum blends a student-centered philosophy with comprehensive academics and hands-on learning to inspire students to become curious, passionate thinkers.