Montessori

Montessori philosophical principals

The Montessori philosophy is a holistic view of children that builds on natural curiosity and develops a love of learning by creating environments which foster the fulfillment of children's highest potential.

Deep respect for children as individuals.

Multiage classes allow teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their students and to know each child's learning style well. The multiage structure encourages older students to become role models, mentors, and leaders to younger students.

Integrated curriculum is carefully structured and connects subjects within programs (e.g. history and cultural arts) to maximize the opportunity for learning. It builds from program to program to support children's progress from concrete to abstract learning.

Independence is nurtured and leads children toward becoming purposeful, motivated, and confident in their own abilities.

Peace and conflict resolution are taught daily and children learn to be part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community.

Through experiences, interactions, and environments, in a very real sense each child creates the adult that is to be. Character development is a central focus of Montessori curriculum.

Hands-on learning is central to the curriculum in all programs and leads to children being engaged rather than passive with their work.

The environments are responsibly and carefully prepared with multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning.

Teachers and children and teachers and parents work together as a warm and supportive community.

Self-expression is nurtured in all children. Children experience art, music, poetry, theater, writing, and other forms of creative arts with confidence and passion.

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Benefits of a Montessori education

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