Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman physician, developed innovative educational approaches based on the way children naturally master knowledge and skills. She discovered that children learn independently and at their own pace, and she created an ideal environment in which students choose among activities appropriate for their developmental level.
In 1907, Dr. Montessori opened her first casa dei bambini — or “children’s house” — in Rome, and the Montessori method of education was born. Today, children around the world learn in supportive, spirit-nurturing environments thanks to Dr. Montessori’s insights.
The Montessori Philosophy
Although the Montessori method feels dynamic and new, children have learned by its tenets for more than a century. Through her scientific observation and analysis, Dr. Montessori found that children have an innate desire to explore their environments and learn about the world. She also discovered that children learn most effectively by enhancing their natural periods of early learning in an environment where they feel supported and secure.
The Montessori philosophy encourages a comfortable, productive relationship between children, their teachers and their parents. Dr. Montessori truly was ahead of her time in believing that children are our future. By allowing our youngsters to become responsible, resourceful and peaceful adults on their own terms, we help create a better world for everyone.
Montessori in Action
At the Primary Montessori Day School, we create the ideal conditions for children to thrive through participation. Our students, ages 2 through 9, develop strong and stable relationships in a non-sectarian, co-educational setting.
In our Montessori classes, children learn at their own pace, and they learn through all their senses rather than simply reading, listening and observing. Children choose among hundreds of possible educational activities to make their own discoveries, enhance their motivation and concentration, and develop a lifelong love of learning.
In mixed-age groups, younger children learn and receive guidance from older children. Our older students, meanwhile, hone their leadership skills as they share their knowledge. Through our “whole child” approach, children play an active role in their own education as they realize the empowerment of learning.