What We Believe
Fostering a Love of Learning Since 1979
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered a good deal about the nature of the learning process in young children. She came to believe that every child delights in spontaneous activity directed toward intellectual discovery. A carefully prepared environment in a Montessori classroom nourishes and encourages a child’s natural development. Attitudes and confidence developed during these formative years will serve them throughout their lifetime. For a confident child, new activities are not only a challenge but also a delight. A child is most apt to retain a positive attitude toward learning and acquire confidence in a relaxed atmosphere where they set their own pace, follow their own interests, and are freed of criticism and competition.
The following are some basic Montessori concepts:
- The small child is a lover of work-spontaneously chosen and carried out with profound joy.
- The child needs to learn by doing. At each stage in a child’s mental growth, corresponding physical occuptions are provided by means of which they develop and refine their movements.
- Based on a profound respect for the child’s personality, there is room to grow in biological independence. The child is allowed a large measure of liberty (not license), which forms the basis of true self-discipline. This is a higher discipline, which originates within the child as they gain practice making their own decisions and exercising their own will. It is not a discipline, which is imposed from without and based on rewards and punishments.