Children who had attended Montessori from ages 3–11 outperformed their classmates
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms (online or in a physical setting) children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
The student develops powers of reason, abstraction, and imagination and begins to think and wonder about ideas and concepts beyond her own personal experience. Lessons, in the form of stories and materials, inspire children in independent research and group projects.
Children under Montessori Program consistently had higher mean scores than traditional education
A 1975 study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development showed that every year over a four year period from Pre-K to Grade 2 children under a Montessori program had higher mean scores on the Stanford–Binet Intelligence Scales than those in DARCEE or traditional programs.
A 1981 study published in Young Children found that whilst Montessori programs could not be considered to have undergone detailed evaluation, but that they performed equal to or better than other programs.
A 2006 study published in Science magazine found that Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.
Another study in the Milwaukee Public Schools found that children who had attended Montessori from ages 3–11 outperformed their classmates several years later on mathematics and science.
Further studies found that Montessori had some of the largest positive effects on achievement of all programs evaluated.
Individual planning, one-on-one lessons and small group work ensure that a child is neither held back nor left floundering by the larger group.
In a Montessori class (online or physical) an attitude to learning is developed where the child is not afraid to try new challenges and will be able to go into things in depth without limiting themselves.
Children work at their own pace. Children can excel where there is a natural aptitude, and work steadily on areas which need more time to master.