From the Director:
The basic idea of the Montessori philosophy of education is that each child carries unseen, within him or herself, the person he or she actually is to become, and has an innate power to accomplish that task. In order to develop the physical, intellectual, and spiritual powers required for this task to the fullest, there must be freedom—freedom to interact with a prepared environment. Consistent with these ideas, the goals at our schools can be defined in terms of a) Content Goals and b) Process Goals. Content goals concentrate on examining the information available to us about our world and how we live in it. The goals include the three basic symbol systems (mathematics, language, and the arts) which are used to systematize that information. Other forms made available for the child’s exploration include science, geography, and the refinement of the senses. The second set of goals are process goals and represent the means by which human potentialities become realities. The child is in the process of becoming a social being, capable of finding his/her place in the human community. As such, much of his/her “work” centers on learning more about him or herself. He or she discovers the ever increasing number of things he or she can and cannot do in caring for self and environment. He or she learns to recognize, evaluate, and act upon other people’s responses to his/her actions. Progressive achievement of both content and process goals by the child results in the emergence of his/her personal identity—a self, which, through gaining mastery over the environment and over the process of his/her own becoming, can take charge of his/her own destiny—the ultimate purpose of the Montessori method.