What is Montessori Education?
Montessori education is a living, concrete form of education that at its core, is the belief that:
- The world of knowledge is limitless for a child – they need only the ability to access it. Their mode of access is through the senses – concrete learning which allows them to physically experience their knowledge.
- Children have a never-ending curiosity, which, when fostered, evolves into a love of learning, and a strong sense of self.
- Education is a secondary step to appreciation. When children learn to appreciate themselves, others and their environment, they develop an awe and curiosity for their world, a thirst for knowledge, which translates to a love of learning.
- Appreciation for others reaches beyond tolerance. Children can break through barriers of apathy and prejudice, by experiencing the culture of the world within their classroom. Developing an understanding of others unlike themselves, paves the way for education for peace.
The Philosophy of Hamilton Montessori School
- Inclusion: We have a curriculum of support, which teaches that families of all compositions are valued.
- Antibias Curriculum: We protect the personal values of families by not celebrating holidays, but celebrate cultural and seasonal events.
- Non-Violence in Language and Action: We discourage ‘characters’ and superheroes in play and clothing. We take time to teach peaceful resolution skills.
- Partnership: The success of a child depends on the ‘village’ philosophy. Parents and the school must be an active community together.