A strong element of a Montessori education is its emphasis on grace, courtesy and community life. Our idea of “community spirit” starts at a young age at home and in our classroom. Developmentally appropriate experiences help to expand the child’s maturity and understanding of the world.
From the beginning, children learn to take responsibility for their physical classroom environment; they also learn to take responsibility for their peers. In our mixed-age classrooms, older children are expected to be mindful of the needs of others and to help younger children with all aspects of day to day classroom life, whether it be fastening a zipper or nursing a hurt child.