Montessori Education originated in Italy by Dr. Maria Montessori and was introduced to the U.S. in 1913. Dr. Montessori developed a method of education that began with observation of the child's needs and interests. She then formed the curriculum around these needs and interests. The Montessori method of education is based on the premise that within each child lies the power to develop his or her own physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual potential to the fullest.
Montessori education introduces the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which individual and social disciplines go hand in hand. Children's Day Montessori stresses the importance of nurturing the development of the whole child as outlined in the Montessori method. We believe there are two ingredients essential to the learning process– motivation and active exploration.
Motivation - The National Association for the Education of Young Children states that "children do not need to be forced to learn; they are motivated by their own desire to make sense of their world." It is our job to present the world to them in a way that is meaningful and accessible, allowing them to be motivated and guided by their own strong intrinsic desire to learn.
Active Exploration - Children acquire knowledge–whether from the physical or social world–through direct experience; that is, playful interaction with real objects and real people. They learn through active exploration and, as such, it is our goal to provide them with a safe yet stimulating environment to carry out that exploration.