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Ithaca Montessori School

12 Ascot Pl
Ithaca, NY 14850-1072

(607) 266-0788


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The IMS program is based on the philosophy and work of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. Through the observational approach and deep respect for the potential of each child, she developed a unique method of education, which enhances the child’s natural desire to learn about his or her environment.

The goal of the Ithaca Montessori program is to cultivate each child’s innate curiosity. The child learns and develops skills through self-initiated activities in what Dr. Montessori called the “Prepared Environment.”

The prepared environment offers materials which allow the child to develop skills in areas which Dr. Montessori felt were of particular importance such as: practical life activities, sensorial explorations, language, math, art, music, geography, social interactions, and other cultural subjects. Most importantly, children at IMS learn how to learn! (REF: The Montessori Classroom)

The children move freely, learning and growing at their own pace and according to their own needs, within the guidelines of care and concern for one another and their environment. Parents and teachers find that the Montessori method develops independence, communication skills and a love of learning that continues to enrich the lives of their children well beyond the time they complete the program.

Excerpted from the preschool's website