In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school in the tenements of Rome, Italy. Montessori believed that young children have an innate path of learning and development. She believed that children naturally choose activities that lead to spontaneous learning and development.
At the Children’s House, we follow the philosophies of Maria Montessori to guide children through their individual development paths. Our classrooms offer children opportunities to explore a wide variety of Montessori materials under the guidance of caring Montessori teachers. Activities that begin with curiosity will naturally evolve into developmental progress for children in a Montessori environment.
The core principles of Montessori education for young children are:
- teachers are educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate to the age level they are teaching
- a partnership with the family. an integral part of the individual’s total development
- multi-aged students in each classroom
- Montessori materials, activities, and experiences, designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence
- a schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted time to problem solve, to see the interdisciplinary connections of knowledge, and to create new ideas
- a classroom community that encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development
- an environment that emphasizes independence and mutual respect
- constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts as they are guided to interact with materials, rather than by direct instruction