ABOUT MARIA MONTESSORI
In 1896, Maria Montessori became Italy’s first female doctor. As a physician, Maria Montessori had an opportunity to work with many different children and to observe them under a variety of circumstances. Over time, she formalized her study of children and sought to design tools to help children learn.
Dr. Montessori devoted her life to the education and understanding of children. She believed the purpose of education was to assist the process of life. She died in 1952 leaving a legacy that continues to grow as more of her ideas are implemented in classrooms worldwide.In 1907, Dr. Montessori opened the first “children’s house” for children of working parents in an apartment complex in Rome. Using scientific methods to observe and analyze how children learn, Montessori revolutionized our understanding of children and their education. She discovered that children’s learning capabilities are specific to their developmental stage of life. A complete Montessori education, for infants through secondary school, allows children to maximize their learning potential.
“It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe... To work consciously for the child and to go deep down, with the tremendous intention of understanding him, would be to conquer the secrets of mankind, just as so many secrets of nature have been conquered in the world around us.” –Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Experience
The Montessori approach to education gives children the freedom to explore and develop to their fullest potential while working with didactic materials, in groups and independently, within a prepared environment.
Little Ones provides thoughtfully prepared environments designed to support the development of empowerment and independence. Carefully guided as appropriate by their teacher, students choose their own works based on their curiosity, imagination, and level of intellect.
As a result, students become active, self-directed learners, independent thinkers, and self-confident decision-makers.
The Montessori Curriculum
The Montessori curriculum varies at our school, but our goals are consistent throughout all programs:
To enter into a partnership with parents in the education of their children
To encourage self-motivation and self-discipline that will lead to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge
To lead children to master precisely identified intellectual, social, and physical skills
To help children develop a positive self-image as the key to the development of their full potential
To foster open minds, compassion, and respect for others
To balance self-reliance, independence, and responsible freedom with the skills of working cooperatively
To instill in each child a sense of duty and personal responsibility for the world in which we live
To spark imagination, wonder, humor, and joy in our children