“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”
- Maria Montessori
The Montessori Philosophy is based on careful observation of and respect for the child's natural development and has been used in schools around the world for over 100 years. Careful observation identifies the "sensitive periods" during a child's development when the child is most receptive to new learning experiences. This observation enables our teachers to direct children towards materials that will satisfy their developmental needs.
"Learning is essentially what the child does, not what is done to the child." The intrinsic motivation of the Montessori Philosophy acknowledges that a child's curiosity and interest fuels his or her drive toward competence and also allows the child to learn and progress at his or her own developmental pace.
Young children cognate differently from adults but experience the same emotions as adults. Montessori teachers recognize the empathetic links that shared feelings create in a classroom environment, which are vital in the development of each child's innate morality.