Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child - the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. OKC Montessori was founded on the principle that every child can thrive when given the proper educational foundation. Montessori children progress at a rate determined by their abilities and needs. Though learning is self-paced, it is not random. The teachers work with the children individually, in small groups, and as a whole class. The individualized approach is provided based on a small student-to-teacher ratio. Enrollment is limited to an average of 6 students to 1 teacher. Activities are given for hands-on use and presented both visually and orally.
In The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori wrote, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age of six.” Recent psychological studies based on controlled research have confirmed these theories of Dr. Montessori. After analyzing thousands of such studies, Dr. Benjamin S. Bloom of the University of Chicago, wrote in Stability and Change in Human Characteristics, “From conception to age 4, the individual develops 50% of his mature intelligence; from ages 4-8 he develops another 30%. This would suggest the very rapid growth of intelligence in the early years and the possible great influence of the early environment on this development.”