What is Montessori
Montessori education is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. The inherent flexibility allows the method to adapt to the needs of the individual, regardless of the level of ability, learning style or social maturity.
"Montessori is the best method of schooling for children to joyfully and effectively learn independence, responsibility, self-discipline, leadership, initiative, strong academics and a lifetime love of learning."
The Montessori Approach
The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child's inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.
"I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method."
- Dr. Maria Montessori
The Prepared Environment
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The prepared environment offers the essential elements for optimal development. The key components comprise the children, guide and physical surroundings including the specifically designed Montessori educational materials.
The Montessori Guide
At the heart of the Montessori classroom is the teacher - the guide. Childpeace Montessori teachers are referred to as guides because they are experts at assisting children to find their own strengths and their own capabilities through the use of practical, self-correcting materials.
The Association Montessori Internationale/USA (AMI/USA) recognizes Childpeace as an AMI-USA member school. Childpeace is the only AMI/USA recognized school in the area to offer toddler, primary and elementary programs in one location. While any school can call themselves a Montessori school, AMI is a century-old international organization committed to the standards set forth by its founder, Dr. Maria Montessori.