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What is a Montessori Classroom?

To grasp the essence of Montessori education, just step inside a classroom. Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, the room embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach.

A Montessori classroom is minimalist, highly organized, and has plenty of open space for children to work on separate activities. There are as few distractions as possible to help kids focus on one task at a time. Child-size furniture and flexible layouts aid the learning process.

Montessori classrooms are designed with the child’s agency in mind. Every choice made in the furniture materials, desk layout, and even shelving is done to offer students as much freedom in learning as possible. This is called the prepared environment.

Classrooms at Family Star


Infants from 2-14 months of age, or when they’re ready to transition.

“Nido” is an Italian and Spanish word meaning “nest.” Our Nido classrooms protect and provide learning experiences for our youngest learners. Our Nido classroom supports the infant’s primary goals in the first year of life:

  • Development of movement

  • Weaning process

  • Independence – “the ability to do for oneself”


Ages 1-3 years, or when they’re ready to transition.

As a child grows, its environment should encourage learning and independence. Our Infant Community classrooms are designed to foster maturity, learning, and community.


Children, ages 3-6 years.

Our Primary Classrooms are thoughtfully prepared to foster independence, concentration, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning. Dr. Montessori created materials which aid in the intellectual development of the child. The materials are self-correcting and utilize all the senses in learning. Our Primary Classrooms are always evolving to include materials that pique each child’s individual interest.

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