"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Jesus
"The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop."
"These words reveal the child's inner need 'Help me to do it alone'." - Maria Montessori
Why are Montessori preschools - elementary so popular? Because kids in Montessori schools throw themselves headlong at learning. Children in a Montessori classroom direct their own learning which makes learning exciting, stimulating and fun.
Fundamental to Montessori education is allowing children to experience the joy of learning at an early age. The key to this is to provide the framework in which intellectual, spiritual and social growth go hand-in-hand. Some of our basic principles include:
- Respect for Children
- Intelligence is a Given
All children can learn. Different styles and paces are respected.
- Learning for Learning's Sake
Children are encouraged to learn because they want to learn. Young people are naturally inquisitive and even activities which seem like play are filled with lessons for life.
- Children Learn Step-By-Step
Children first tackle easier skills. After mastering those, they are ready to use those skills to solve harder problems with greater confidence.
- Freedom and Limits
Teachers constantly monitor the classroom and gently channel the children's energy. Instead of directing children's activities, stopping and breaking their concentration to require participation in a group activity, they help children explore independently.
- Hands-On Projects
Children learn through repetition. In a Montessori classroom, growing minds need.
- Guided Experimentation
All materials are available for children to choose throughout the class time. Children may repeat a lesson as many times as his/her growing mind needs. Once the child has mastered the concept, their mind naturally moves them on to different things; if not, an observing teacher steps in and helps them. This guided experimentation, at the child's own pace, allows children to become self-motivated (they learn and accomplish skills and concepts for themselves) and increases self-esteem.
- Mistakes are Opportunities for Growth
Children learn to see mistakes as part of the learning process.
A reverence for nature is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum.
Children work together on large or difficult projects
- A Kind, Peaceful Community
The Montessori classroom is a haven where children feel welcome and supported.
- Long-Lasting Relationships
The multi-aged Montessori classroom allows children and teachers to remain together year after year, developing a much deeper understanding with each other.
- Children Participate in Running their Classroom Community
Children care for shared resources and each others' work.