1302 South 27th Street
Temple, TX 76504
"The basic premise in the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos children must gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail their senses, and slowly but surely gain mastery of themselves and their environment.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the “prepared environment,” which possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own development, in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Montessori also 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, who is motivated through work itself to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired an “inner discipline” from their exposure of both physical and mental order. This is the core of Dr. Montessori's philosophy. Social adjustment, though a necessary condition for learning in a traditional classroom, is not the purpose of education.
The years between three and six are the years in which children learn the rules of human behavior most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to teaching the child good manners and habits so that they may take their place in society.
Patterns of concentration, established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to observe, to think, to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.
Excerpted from the preschool's website