This short video demonstrates why the Montessori method works so well.
Montessori is the “hands on” learning environment” where students participate joyfully in a prepared environment that allows for the growth of responsibility and self-controlled freedom in a natural social setting.
In a Montessori classroom children increase in ability to work cooperatively with others as well as to concentrate individually for longer periods of time. Moral education and self discipline evolve naturally as the children interact with one another in an environment which offers them the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually in an integrated fashion.
Montessori has mixed age / grade classroom environments.