The fundamental tenet of Montessori education is to allow children to learn in a social environment that supports the unique development of each child. As opposed to conventional school, which involves group learning, Montessori emphasizes individual learning. Children learn better on an individual level, since not two children are alike and children will be ready for different experiences at different times.
Montessori emphasizes children's developmental age and not their chronological age, since age does not determine a child's ability. Classes are structured within a three year age range. This gives children a chance to work at their own pace without being judged as quick or slow in comparison to their specific age group. When children work in mixed age groups, they will have a graded series of models for imitation and the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by helping each other.
The holistic Montessori curriculum helps children develop the physical, cognitive and emotional competence and positive attitude towards learning that is required for school success. The learning environment ensures the development of self-esteem and provides experiences from which children can create their knowledge.