Montessori Philosophy

  • Maria Montessori graduated from the medical school of the University of Rome in 1896, and was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy.  As a physician, Dr. Montessori was very involved with the care of young children.  Through scientific observation she came to see how children interacted with one another, learned through the use of materials she provided, and went through specific phases of development.

    Her approach to education was developed based on her observations in collaboration with her background in psychology and her belief in the education of children as a means to create a better society.  She continued to observe children around the world, and found that the universal laws of development she had recognized were inherent of children of all races and cultures.  The Montessori approach to education continues to be respected and practiced internationally.

    Today, a properly accredited Montessori school is fully addressing the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of children.  Just some of the characteristics that define and make an accredited Montessori education exceptional include:

    • multi-age classrooms
    • early childhood education
    • a rich & extensive curriculum
    • cross-discipline learning
    • developing self-discipline
    • teaching values
    • using hands-on materials
    • fostering scientific & mathematical aptitudes
    • nurturing appreciation for history, timelines, and cultural differences past & present
    • care of our global environment

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