5 Parkhill Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
"Montessori is a philosophy of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Montessori said of her philosophy,
"Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to
force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core."
Montessori philosophy differs from traditional school systems in three primary ways. The first is through the use of multi-aged classrooms. The young child looks to the older child for guidance both socially and in the academic arena. This in turn gives the older child a high level of self-esteem and a sense of responsibility and leadership.
A second philosophical principle involves the child's development of abstract understanding from sequenced concrete experiences. The child gains a thorough understanding of the concepts that are introduced.
The final principle focuses on having an individualized program for each child. In the Montessori classroom, children are honored for who they are and for where they are in their personal development. Each child's strengths are recognized and built upon.
Excerpted from the preschool's website