Our school's philosophy is to foster independence, love of learning, and a positive sense of self in a prepared environment. Every child is encouraged to function independently at his or her own developmental rate. We welcome but do not require parent participation in the classroom.
Through activities in daily living, a child's fine motor skills, care of the environment, care of themselves, as well as grace and courtesy are developed. Once in our primary classrooms, the sensorial materials develop the skills of observation in every sense, develop rich vocabulary, as well as an appreciation of the materials used. Language is developed through many materials in the classroom. Stories, songs, poems, the names used in geography and science, and the tactile sandpaper letters all contribute to a multi-faceted approach to learning. Math concepts are initiated with concrete materials including sorting, counting and solving problems. Eventually, children move on to use the many math materials including the beautiful glass bead stair and chains which so clearly reinforce learning. Montessori developed all of her materials to initially isolate a concept before unifying ideas.