love of learning

Love of Learning

“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”

—Maria Montessori

first steps

First Steps

“The development of the child during the first three years after birth is unequaled in intensity and importance by any period that precedes or follows in the whole life of the child.”

—Maria Montessori

independence

Independence

“Any child who is self-sufficient ... reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.”

—Maria Montessori

rich curriculum

Rich Curriculum

“If the idea of the universe is presented to the child in the right way... it will create in him admiration and wonder, a feeling loftier than any interest and more satisfying.”

—Maria Montessori

collaboration

Collaboration

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and the individuals within it...”

—Maria Montessori

prepared environment

Prepared Environment

“Study is a response to a need of the intellect and if based upon our psychic nature, it does not weary, but refreshens and strengthens the mind during its development.”

—Maria Montessori

community

Community

“The consciousness of knowing how to make oneself useful, how to help humankind in many ways, fills the soul with noble confidence.”

—Maria Montessori