Maria Montessori's philosophy of education is based on "a harmonious growth of all potentialities of the child, mental and physical, according to the laws of it's being..." (Montessori, 1945)
She states that children have natural tendencies toward learning; that stages of learning exist for which there should be corresponding educational environments and trained teachers who "prepare the environment." Children learn independently using the materials within the environment. The teacher coaches and observes as the children choose their own activities. Therefore, the teacher becomes the link between the child and the environment. The learning environment cultivates individualization, freedom of choice, concentration, independence, personal responsibility, problem-solving abilities, social interaction, interdisciplinary breadth, and competencies in basic life skills.
Montessori said the children's play is their work. In that same spirit, we believe that children learn through doing, through experimenting, through making choices and by making mistakes. In this way they gain mastery of their physical bodies, their emotions, and their minds. When children gain mastery in these areas, they come to exemplify our belief that acquiring information is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Thus, they learn to use knowledge as a tool in the process of becoming independent thinkers and creative problem solvers.
A Montessori school is a community-a community of educators and families working in partnership to create the best environment possible for children's growth and learning. As members of a community we help and support each other in all ways that we are able through out knowledge, out labor, our time, and our creativity.