Instead of traditional classes and grades, the Montessori method utilizes a multi-age classroom. Children in various stages of development learn from each other, with younger children learning by observing older children. Older children also benefit by instructing younger children.
It turns the traditional concept of a classroom on its head by seeing ways to adapt learning approaches to each child, rather than sitting children into a rigid setting. The method is founded on the belief that exposing children to knowledge through a variety of sensory experiences promotes learning better than simply listening to a lesson. The hands-on techniques in the Montessori teaching approach employs all the senses in the learning process.