Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person: a person must do it himself or herself or it will never be done.

A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he or she spends in the classroom, because that person is motivated from within by natural curiosity and love of learning. Dr. Montessori felt therefore, that the goal of childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.

The Environment

The Montessori classroom, otherwise called the environment, is a "living room" for the children. Children choose their work from among the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and they work in specific work areas. In the Montessori preschool, academic competency is a means to an end and the manipulatives are viewed as "materials for development."

Arkansas River Valley Montessori employs this environment to encourage children to develop a love of learning and trust in their own ability to learn. Children may work individually or in small groups, learning from the materials and from sharing with one another.



Our classes are broken into age groups as follows:

  • Primary - Ages 3 to 6
  • Early Elementary - Ages 6 to 9
  • Upper Elementary - Ages 9 to 12
  • Adolescent - Ages 12 to 15

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