The Montessori method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori is a child-centered, developmentally-based approach to education. The philosophy views the child as someone eager for knowledge who will initiate learning in a supportive, stimulating, and thoughtfully prepared learning environment. The Montessori approach values the development of the whole child – the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Dr. Montessori believed that finding one’s place in the world, discovering work that is meaningful and fulfilling and developing the inner peace and depth of soul that allows one to love are the most important goals in life.
The Montessori method encourages individuality within a communal setting where each child is responsible for themselves and the populace at large. The secret of the Montessori methodology is that children incur concrete experiences that tie into abstract concepts. This allows for a “hardwiring” of critical concepts that the child will need later in his/her life.
Our enhanced Montessori Education System is designed to keep a balance between physical, educational, social, spiritual and intellectual development in order to help children reach their full potential.
Dr. Montessori believed in children’s inherent desire to learn. Our classrooms include multi-age groupings which foster collaboration and children may work in groups or on their own. The enticing materials invite hands-on exploration, and children move about the room as they find their best place to work. Real-life lessons provide authentic learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time encourage deep concentration, and the freedom to choose work allows students to own their learning. Montessori teachers carefully prepare the classroom environment to foster and encourage curiosity, independence, and freedom within limits, and children can guide themselves through this environment, making use of the lessons offered to develop themselves and interacting with the teacher for guidance and support as needed.
DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
Dr. Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870–May 6, 1952) was born in Chiaravalle, Italy and was the first woman in her country to graduate as a physician. Her career in education began at the University of Rome Medical School where she was part of the psychiatric clinic charged to instruct mentally challenged children.
On January 6, 1907 she opened her first school named Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in a housing project. It was during this time that she developed her Montessori methodology. She meticulously observed the behaviors of her students and from this created her unique curriculum.
After being exiled by Mussolini in the early 20th century she moved to Spain until civil war broke out in 1936. After a brief stay in Holland she moved to India and lived there for the remainder of the war. Her final move was to the Netherlands where she spent the rest of her life.
In our classrooms, students practice activities in math, language, science, history, geography, and practical life skills. Each day, children and adults honor kindness, compassion, mutual respect, and peace.
By encouraging students to develop the independence and skills necessary to be self-sufficient in their classrooms, we prepare them to venture into the biggest classroom of all. They leave with a genuine love of learning, standing on an academic and social foundation that will support them throughout their lives.