The purpose of
are to help each individual child to become
aware of himself as a loving, giving person who
believes in his own worth and to develop his
full potential as an integral part of the whole
school community. With this in mind,
Montessori School will provide
and maintain a happy, safe and healthy learning
environment which will assist the child in the
development of self-esteem and self-confidence.
Maria Montessori held a vision of education
wherein everything relevant to the life of a
child at his particular stage of development is
provided in an appropriate, stimulating
environment; where learning through discovery is
facilitated and encouraged. We believe that
every child possesses an inner dynamic spirit
which, when properly nurtured and cultivated,
will blossom into a lifelong love of learning.
In 1907, the first "Children's house" was created by
Maria Montessori, the first woman doctor in Italy. She
built shelves, chairs and tables for the children, all
at their measure. She prepared a new environment full of
colour, sounds and shapes. She brought into it specially
constructed materials which guided the children's
interest and sense of wonder.
As the children were encouraged to touch, move, feel,
taste and smell, they began to learn. They were allowed
to pour, scrub, wash, jump, laugh and discover. They
discovered music. They discovered order and cleanliness,
they discovered that there were rules upon which to act,
share and live. They discovered God. They discovered
human kindness which was their own.
The children were transformed: and they, in turn
transformed their world. They brought order,
cleanliness, understanding, kindness and love to their
homes. They brought peace.
This new nature of the child which Maria watched unfold
in wonderment, she documented as "The Discovery of the
Child" in one of her many books. Around the world today,
the spirit of Montessori lives on in "Children's Houses"
where children of all races grow and unfold as these
first children did so many years ago.
The child draws knowledge from what surrounds her. The
child is constructing herself in two ways: within
herself and within society. She is learning through this
social environment, discovering how she belongs to the
race of human kind.
The human spirit is universal and the child is universal
as she adapts to her place and time. With this
knowledge, we can better guide and serve the child in
the construction of the adult she will become through
various environments: the home, the "Children's House"
(Casa), the lower and upper levels of Elementary
programs and the society at large.
New children are introduced to the class a few at a
time. This enables the directress/director to have the
opportunity to give each child individual attention.
EDUCATION AND PEACE
"Education is not what the teacher gives; education is a
natural process spontaneously carried out by the human
individual, and is acquired not by listening to words
but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the
teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of
cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared
environment, and then refraining from obtrusive
interference. Human teachers can only help the great
work that is being done, as servants help the master.
Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the
human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not
be the victim of event, but will have the clarity of
vision to direct and shape the future of human society."
("Education for a New World", Maria Montessori,