Philosophy

We believe that the task of childhood is to create the adult.  We attempt to aid the child in creating the best possible "adult self" by structuring a special, child-oriented environment which meets the needs of each individual within the context of a peer group.

Montessori is neither a rigid system nor it is a "free for all". It is a highly structured program which allows the child to experience a great deal of personal freedom within well-defined limits.  Each child has a measure of freedom; each child is expected to assume a measure of responsibility.

Guiding Principles
  • Learning occurs in a cooperative atmosphere marked by social interaction and peer teaching.
  • A primary goal of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.
  • Learning takes place through the senses.  Students learn by manipulating material and interacting with others.  These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.
  • The child is considered as a whole.  The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
  • Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.

Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori Experience is not simply a preparation for elementary school.  It is preparation for life.  Your child is not simply "taught"-- they are shown how to learn.