Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori method engages the children in meaningful activities in a prepared environment that allows freedom with responsibility.  Montessori reflects the needs of the individual child; the progress at their own pace in a learning environment that encourages concentration, intrinsic motivation, cooperation and self-discipline.  The essence of Montessori Education is that every child is treated with respect: “help me to help myself”.  A common thread running through all of Montessori’s writing is the concept of Peace.  As much as possible all curriculum is taught with a Peace perspective.  Problem-solving strategies and skills are taught and students are encouraged to solve difficulties with others through problem solving.

Growth expectations of children in the Montessori programs include the following:

  • Enjoyment of Learning
  • Love of Order
  • Enjoyment of Quiet
  • Learning through Discovery
  • Ability to Choose
  • Independence
  • Self-direction
  • Responsibility
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-confidence
  • Sensitivity
  • Communication
  • Cooperation