“Allowing the child to observe, to explore and to follow his normal interests is a form of respect towards the child.” Maria Montessori
Respect for the child guides all of our programming at CMSAA. Our goal is to encourage in each child a love of learning; a respect for self, others and environment; and a desire to make the world a better place. We believe that Maria Montessori developed a method of education that does just that and inspires in children a lifelong love of learning at the same time.
What Dr. Montessori developed over 100 years ago was revolutionary for her time and so changed the way we think about children and early childhood education, that many of her innovations have become best practices accepted by traditional educational institutions.
But as tactile manipulative may have become commonplace in early childhood classrooms, the philosophy behind them, the deep respect for children, the understanding of the need for freedom within limits did not always follow.
That is what makes us Montessori, our commitment to what Maria Montessori recognized and unveiled to the generations that followed her—the child is the maker of man, that in each child is the man or woman he or she will become. What we do now, what experiences we offer to that child at this stage in life will inform the adult that is to emerge.
Throughout all our programs we use this thought as our guide in creating developmentally appropriate prepared environments that promote independence and encourage children to take responsibility for their education in a way that inspires them for a lifetime.