Our school was founded under the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. She believed that all children could learn and felt that the best way for them to do that was in an environment that was prepared to honor their age, size and developmental needs. She also believed that children learn best when they are able to explore the materials with the guidance of the teacher. She discovered that children love to learn innately and the proper environment will cater to that internal need.
The Montessori philosophy states that for the child to have a complete and successful experience in a Montessori environment, he needs to complete the 3-year cycle. These cycles begin at the Children’s House level and continue through the two-year Middle School cycle. The last year of each cycle is the most important one, as it is when the child is a role model for the younger children in the class. It is also a time for the child to become immersed in more complex work and to begin applying his prior years of learning to abstract work.
At our Love of Learning Montessori School, education is a hands-on experience.
- Students learn by trial, error, and discovery.
- Students think for themselves. Rather than present students with the “right answers”, we ask the “right questions” of the students, and challenge them to find the answers on their own.
- Students do their own research, analyze what they have found, and come to their own conclusions. As a result, the children tend to be fully engaged and self-directed in the learning process.
- Students gain a sense of accomplishment, closure, self-confidence, and self-respect while developing a strong sense of order, independence, and personal responsibility.
The Montessori child learns to teach himself. The teacher prepares the classroom for the child who then interacts with his peers and with the materials to create himself as an individual.
We help each child learn how to learn, preparing for the changing world of tomorrow by:
- inspiring students to think for themselves
- encouraging them to pursue their educational passions
- teaching them to plan and organize their daily learning
- teaching them how to do their own research
- exposing students to diverse perspectives and modeling
- having a respect for different points of view
- encouraging students to evaluate their own progress
- instilling a tradition of community service
- encouraging students to think creatively
- by helping them develop their own identities