About Montessori Education

Montessori Casa students laugh and work together with African animals

Montessori philosophy is a child-centred form of education based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori education goes beyond just academics and child care in order to develop the “whole child”.

A Montessori teacher (or “guide”) is trained to respect each child’s interests and learning style. She offers lessons or “presentations” to children individually, or in small groups. Using specially designed Montessori materials and a prepared classroom environment, children learn about a wide variety of subjects.

The development of independence and respect for the self, others and the environment are important aspects of a Montessori education. Classrooms are non-competitive by nature and each child is valued for his or her unique abilities and personality. This creates a sense of community and an atmosphere of respectful co-operation.