Philosophy and Principles

“Help me to do it myself.” —Maria Montessori

The following are the most important Montessori philosophies and principles:

  • Environment richly prepared
  • Children progress at their own rate
  • Freedom of choice with responsibility
  • Self-teaching manipulative materials
  • Character and personality development
  • Building a positive self-image
  • Children responsible for themselves and the environment
  • Recognition of sensitive periods for learning
  • Sensory-based learning
  • Self control through lessons in grace and courtesy
  • Control-of-error built into lessons
  • Utilizing mixed age groups for positive behavior consequences
  • Self discipline through work
  • An interrelated curriculum
  • Stimulate left and right brain integration
  • Encourage movement necessary for neuro-muscular development
  • Individual as well as group interactions
  • Non-judgmental approach
  • Appreciation of all life
  • Inner peace and satisfaction through education