Maria Montessori was the first woman Doctor in Italy. She specialized in psychiatry, and chaired the Anthropology Department at the University of Rome. While working with children in the psychiatric hospital which she helped to found, she began to discover how a child develops, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. In recent years, child physicians and physiologists, through modern brain research, validate what Montessori learned.
When you send your child into a Montessori environment, you are placing him/her in a place where everything has been designed to meet the needs of a child who is in that particular stage of development. Since the child's needs are being met, you will find the classroom to be peaceful and calm, where children take care of each other, and create a small society where learning and everyday activities are carried out according to the needs of the children. Your child will learn how to be a good friend, how to take care of others and the environment, and learn according to his interests and abilities.
Although you may hear that in a Montessori school, children are free to follow their interests, they are only free to do so if they accept the responsibility that goes with freedom of choice. Just as in any society, freedom and responsibility go hand in hand. Our goal is to help children develop their talents, and become responsible and productive citizens...not only in the classroom and the school, but in society in general.
As a primary teacher (teaching in a classroom of 3 to 6 year-olds), my goal is to help your child develop a strong sense of himself and his strengths. I respect the characteristics of each age group, and form my expectations on the abilities of each child. My knowlege of the universal laws of human development, along with my appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual child, guide me in the way I prepare the environment each year. We: you, your child, and the Montessori staff, begin a journey together to help your child become the best he or she can be. Please join me in this spectacular journey by attending school meetings, parent conferences, and observing your child at work in the Montessori Children's House.