Our Montessori Philosophy

We offer a Montessori learning environment

“First in one way, and then in another, [the child] becomes ever less dependent on the persons about him; till the time comes when he wants also to be mentally independent. Then he shows a liking to develop his mind by his own experiences, and not by the experiences of others”  

-Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind


The prepared environment itself supports a child’s autonomy in many ways.  The materials have a built-in control of error, which allows the child to focus not on the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ of their work, but rather on the process, as they receive feedback from the material and are able to continuously explore and experiment guided only by their own will and developing understanding of the concrete concept (rather than receiving outside feedback from an adult).


The Practical Life area of the Montessori curriculum lends itself particularly well to the support of autonomy.  Practical life activities allow children to take care of their own needs, and this means they rely significantly less on adults in their environment.  Just as learning to walk and talk brought the child a great deal more independence, also learning to meet their basic physical needs (dressing themselves, preparing food, toileting, etc.) means they are free to strive to greater levels of independence in their ability to carry out complex tasks.

Academic Skills

Children explore their environment to learn, and while there is much for children to learn from time spent in nature and from their daily environments, we can enhance and support the development of the child’s observation skills by providing an environment of precise materials for the child to explore. The Montessori classroom environment is full of tools that help the child, through manipulation with the hands, to develop a mental representation of the world that provides the keys to practice observation skills.