Adorable and mischievous Prince George of England, who is third in line for the throne, will officially begin his education next month by attending a local Montessori preschool. The neighborhood school is located about 100 miles north of London in Norfolk, where the family lives most of the time, and close to where Prince William is working as an ambulance pilot. William and his brother (at the behest of Princess Diana) also attended Montessori school, which focuses on the individual growth and progress of each child, eschewing tests, and often emphasizing real-life skills such as baking and gardening. Typically less stringent than traditional preschools and schools, Montessori schools place value in independence and creativity. Prince George’s Westacre Montessori is small, with generally local families in attendance. In addition to Prince William’s own educational experience, the family chose the school because of its secluded location, which will offer little George some much needed privacy as he grows and learns. Montessori school founder Maria Montessori developed her method in the early 1900s, and the child-centered, play-based learning methodology has gained in popularity in countries around the world. There are 700 Montessori schools in the United Kingdom.

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via The Daily Mail

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