History

The Montessori education philosophy is based on the research of Dr. Maria Montessori – an Italian physician and educator. She developed the model in 1906 while working with underserved children in one of Rome’s poorest, inner-city school districts – children who many considered unteachable. Dr. Montessori soon found that with engaging, hands-on materials, not only were they able to learn but eager as well. At its heart, the Montessori method emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and a respect for the child. Classroom spaces are purposefully designed and materials carefully curated in pursuit of an educational partnership.

Since 1972, The Montessori School has served Southwest Michigan as a non-profit, private education institution for children ages 3–12. Our highly trained, credentialed teachers nurture and cultivate each child’s curiosity while providing a strong foundation for continued academic success and holistic development. The Montessori School provides a warm, vibrant, educational home designed to foster a love of learning and help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. We strive to educate the whole child and to inspire children to be caring, socially responsible participants in their community and world. Our carefully prepared classrooms are staffed with highly qualified, Montessori-certified head teachers and specially trained staff. Multi-age classrooms allow the children to learn from one another and to be valued contributors to the classroom community.

Mission

The Montessori School’s mission is for children and families to experience an individualized education that builds the foundation for a lifetime of success and a love of learning through specialized teachers, lessons, and materials. Contact us to discuss how our mission can benefit your children.

Philosophy

Dr. Montessori believed that the goal of the educational process was to cultivate a child’s natural desire to learn. “And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment.” –Maria Montessori The teacher carefully prepares the classroom environment and directs the activity of the classroom, but it is the child who learns. Dr. Montessori observed that children are motivated through the work itself and that children, like adults, learn best by doing rather than by being filled with facts. Concentration, determination, and purpose established in early childhood lead to confident, successful learning later in life. At The Montessori School, children learn how to observe, think, and evaluate and experience the joy of learning. The Montessori approach is not a tweaking of traditional models of education, it is a completely different way of learning and teaching designed to prepare children for success in an increasingly complex world.

The experience and training of a Montessori teacher is integral to the Montessori method. All of The Montessori School’s Head Teachers have completed extensive Montessori teacher training with either the American Montessori Society (AMS)or Association Montessori International (AMI) in additional to their bachelor’s or master’s degrees. All of our Head Teachers also maintain active memberships with the AMS, AMI, and the Michigan Montessori Society (MMS).

If you are looking for additional information on the Montessori philosophy, we encourage you to explore mariamontessori.com or this introduction from the American Montessori Society in your research.

We’d also love to talk to you about our educational approach–including the research that supports it–and how we can meet the educational needs of your child and your family. Contact us today to learn how we put the philosophy to work at The Montessori School.