What is the Best Age for Montessori?

Montessori education should begin as early as possible – enrolling 2-year olds in Montessori schools gives them an early advantage in their education.

Montessori philosophy promotes free exploration in multi-age classrooms. Children learn from each other while using peers as mentors for lessons they cannot fully comprehend.

Infants and Toddlers

Infants and toddlers are an ideal time to begin Montessori education, as their highly perceptive minds allow them to learn a great deal from their environment designed to foster growth. Montessori principles encourage babies and toddlers to explore their surroundings independently through self-directed play which is integral to early development.

Babies learn through observation and imitation. A Montessori classroom uses materials that are made up of simple natural items to ensure an enjoyable learning experience and help foster independence through various activities.

Children this age tend to be highly curious and put everything they come across into their mouths! Sharing can be difficult for them and their movements must be controlled. Montessori encourages parents to allow their child freedom of movement as long as it remains safe; this helps develop their motor skills.

Montessori schools focus on preparing young children for preschool and early childhood education, but can benefit any age. Research indicates that 90% of brain development occurs before age 6, so starting Montessori as soon as possible could have a tremendous effect on your children!

At age 3, your child should enter the primary level in a Montessori school. It is an ideal time to enroll your child as they continue to develop both fine and gross motor skills. In the primary level classrooms, children will learn how to follow routines while beginning reading and writing activities through various activities provided. Teachers in these types of environments provide exceptional support throughout their educational journey.

Most Montessori schools operate using two or three year age ranges, which means students spend much of their time with one teacher. This structure ensures younger children get personalized attention while older ones serve as role models to younger ones in the class. Although parents might worry that having mixed age groups together in a classroom might mean their younger child becomes neglected, in reality it works quite the opposite!

When shopping for Montessori children’s clothing, it is essential that pieces are comfortable and breathable. Babies should avoid garments made of too much fabric that restrict mobility; cotton onesies provide maximum freedom of movement.

Montessori classrooms for toddlers are carefully designed to make them feel at home in their new environment and foster a sense of security. Toddlers tend to be energetic learners who like exploring on their own pace; with Montessori education’s open structure and natural light allowing this, toddlers can explore at their own pace while engaging with other children as needed – building a sense of community within each class.


At the pre-primary stage of Montessori education, your child begins taking control of his or her learning. They learn to set personal goals, work in groups, and explore topics like language, math, science, art and practical experience. Teachers guide these children along this journey by providing resources related to certain topics.

At Flatiron Montessori or SoHo Montessori, the ideal age to initiate your child on the Montessori journey is two years or 18 months, respectively. Doing so allows them to develop into independent learners with strong social abilities and an established academic base.

Start Your Child In Montessori Classes Now

As your child progresses through the Montessori curriculum, they will enter classroom environments containing children of various ages. A typical Montessori class might consist of infants and toddlers as well as primary, elementary and secondary students – the multi-age classroom is an integral component of this method as each child can benefit from learning from peers as well as older ones, helping foster independence as well as creating a sense of community among its members.

At an Early Childhood level, classrooms might contain 20-30 children from three year-old to three year-old. This gives children a unique opportunity to collaborate and problem-solve together and learn from one another – something not often available through traditional schools and can make a significant difference in your child’s success at school and beyond.

Montessori’s elementary and adolescent programs utilize a multi-age classroom concept similar to its Toddler and Primary programs, where children of various ages learn together while working on reading, writing, math, history/geography/science/art projects with their classmates. Furthermore, as in the Toddler and Primary programs, children spend several years with one teacher, creating meaningful relationships both between classmates and themselves as well as with teachers themselves.

At the secondary level, students prepare for college and career through an array of courses spanning mathematics, sciences, languages, computer literacy and the arts. Individual students have freedom in choosing their coursework with guidance from teachers – this flexibility allows students to find their passions and excel. If you would like more information on Montessori methods we encourage you to visit the Fountainhead Parent Library where there are resources dedicated specifically for that purpose or contact us with any inquiries you might have.