The Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori philosophy can be found within the writings of Dr. Maria Montessori:

Ours was a house for children, rather than a real school. We had prepared a place for children, where a diffused culture could be assimilated, without any need for direct instruction… Yet these children learned to read and write before they were five, and no one had given them any lessons. At that time it seemed miraculous those children four and a half should be able to write, and that they should have learned without the feeling of having been taught.

We puzzled over it for a long time. Only after repeated experiments did we conclude with certainty that all children are endowed with this capacity to absorb culture. If this is true- we then argued- if culture can be acquired without effort, let us provide the children with other elements of culture. And then we saw them absorb far more than reading and writing: botany, zoology, mathematics, geography, and all with the same ease, spontaneously and without getting tired.

And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teachers task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

The main philosophy of the Montessori method is to allow children to discover and learn for themselves, at their own pace, while being guided by a carefully prepared environment, and their teachers.  Montessori is not only about academics, but also about developing the “whole” person.  Not only do the children learn how to read, write and perform mathematical equations, but they are also exposed to “culture” such as the world around them, the environment, different cultures, music and arts.  The method also promotes respect of self others and the world around them, independence and self-confidence.  This creates a foundation for our young leaders, where they develop the characteristics to become a good citizen of the world, and a love of learning.