Montessori Learning Environments
Freedom with Responsibility
What is Montessori?
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
The scientifically prepared environments contain a wide variety of materials from which the child may choose appropriate learning tools. The Montessori teacher acts as a mentor and guide to encourage individual exploration, discovery, practice, and success. Awareness of, and concern for, the welfare of the group is an integral part of our program. It is important for children to know their role in the scheme of life, therefore the Montessori curriculum focuses on interdependence of all things. Freedom with responsibility is basic to Montessori’s thinking.