THE MONTESSORI WAY – Educating the Community
“Now, more than ever, we need critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and do-ers. Montessori education prepares children to take on the future with confidence and zeal, propelled by the gift of self-knowledge and a lifelong passion for learning.”
The Montessori Method, created by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered approach to education based on scientific observations of children in a learning environment. The Montessori Method is fundamentally based on serving the whole child, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. This Method of education has been time-tested for over 100 years, and is currently practiced in countries all over the world.
Dr. Montessori believed childhood is a time of self-construction. The task of the Montessori Teacher is to provide the optimal environment for guiding the child during her journey of construction. The Environment is carefully arranged and cared for by passionate Teachers who work alongside the students to discover the world in a respectful and collaborative manner. Montessori classrooms are prepared with concrete, hands-on materials, which are designed to appeal to the children’s developmental interests. In this environment children learn through curiosity, exploration, and experience.
Multi-age classrooms are a hallmark of Montessori education. Children are grouped by their stage of development, usually in three-year age spans. This environment results in younger children being inspired by older peers, and the success of the younger children providing a sense of leadership and responsibility for the elder.
Children in a Montessori environment are known for being independent, confident, and self-aware. They are critical thinkers, able to work collaboratively to solve problems. Their thirst for knowledge has never been quenched, which drives them in becoming lifelong learners.
“The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent of teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens.” Maria Montessori
FAMOUS MONTESSORI GRADS:
- Joshua Bell, violinist
- Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com
- T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician
- Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google
- Julia Child, chef and author
- George Clooney, actor
- Peter Drucker, management guru
- Anne Frank, WWII diarist
- Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post
- Helen Hunt, actress
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor
- Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
- Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales
FAMOUS MONTESSORI PARENTS:
- Bill and Hillary Clinton
- Willie Nelson
- Steve Tyler
- Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith