2970 1st Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
"The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the
person they will become. To develop physically, intellectually, and spiritually to the fullest, children must
have freedom- a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the Prepared Environment, which already possesses an order and
allows children to learn at their own speed according to their own capacities in a non-competitive
atmosphere. She recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child.
Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, and
offers the child stimulation, but it is the child who learns. Montessori children are free to learn because they
have acquired an â€œinner disciplineâ€? from their exposure to both physical and mental order. This is the core
of Dr. Montessori's philosophy of education. Patterns of concentration and thoroughness, established in
early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to
observe, to think, and to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age, and provides a
framework in which intellectual and social discipline work hand-in-hand."
Excerpted from the preschool's website