Authentic Montessori schools integrate the one Montessori curriculum, her original manipulative materials, and the philosophy that emphasizes individual potential and whole-child development versus the popular factory model and empty vessel theory incorporated by most traditional schools of today.
Multi-age classes allow children to model lessons, learning from their peers, while providing diverse interests, skill sets, and peer relationships. The multi-age classroom is designed to include a three-year cycle of instruction, making it critical for each child to complete the entire cycle to fully benefit from its design.
The child takes ownership of his role in the classroom community, making it unnecessary to be policed by an adult. This independence results from increasing responsibility, the growth of self-control, and development of sound self-confidence.