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Edelweiss Montessori Pre-School & Day Care

248 Carrollton Avenue
Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 831-3672


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Edelweiss Montessori is firmly committed to the pedagogical philosophy set forth by Dr. Maria Montessori. Born in Chiaravalle, Italy in the province of Ancona on August 31, 1870, Dr. Montessori dedicated her life to developing what today has become the world-renowned and scientifically based "Montessori Method." The success of Dr. Montessori's unique method rests on the understanding of the nature of the child. Edelweiss Montessori adheres to the Montessori belief that "education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, by by experiences upon the environment."

"Directresses" must be highly committed to understanding the pedagogy of Dr. Montessori. All assistants are selected on the basis of their awareness of the child and dedication to the principles of child development.

Edelweiss Montessori recognizes and appreciates parental collaboration and involvement. For this reason, the Headmistress' role is to educate the parents as well as the students. It takes an open mind and a willing attitude to embrace the ideas of the Montessori Method. Parents who enroll their children at Edelweiss Montessori soon come to learn of the influence Montessori has on the family dynamics. The experience is not limited to the students who attend Edelweiss Montessori but to all those who share in its goal.

Excerpted from the preschool's website