The Montessori Philosophy
The Montessori method of education was first introduced in Rome in 1907 by Italian physician Maria Montessori.
Dr. Montessori believed that in order for preschool, elementary school and middle school children to develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest potential, they must have the freedom to explore the world around them in an orderly, disciplined environment. She also believed that children will automatically seek knowledge and navigate learning at their own pace if given the opportunity.
In support of this philosophy, a Montessori teacher —called a Director or Directress— prepares the learning experience, programs the activity, functions as the reference person and offers the child the stimulation necessary, but it is the child who learns. Because these learning styles are natural, the child will persist in his chosen task and seek additional knowledge as he masters the task at hand.
What Makes Us Different
The Montessori School of Westminster Maryland is a unique, hands-on alternative to traditional educational settings:
- The environment is child-centered versus teacher-centered. The voice of the Director or Directress (also known as a "guide") is rarely heard above that of the children.
- Children of various ages work together or are engrossed in their own individual work in the classroom.
- A child’s age does not determine when they will move to the next level of the learning curve. Instead, children progress through the learning experience when they are ready both socially and academically.
- Older children have the opportunity to hear presentations again, reviewing and reinterpreting information, while younger children hear more advanced presentations and can be included when they are ready.
- The Montessori Director or Directress is trained to be a catalyst – and will guide, rather than teach.
- Within the carefully prepared learning center, a child is able to develop the person within to achieve his or her greatest potential.
- The Montessori approach to learning focuses on fostering a child's natural inquisitiveness and helps them to learn how to find the answers.
We could not be happier with the education our children have received, and I can honestly say it has prepared them well for their education beyond their time at MSW. ~The Lissette Family
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Famous Montessori Students
Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin
In a 2004 interview with Barbara Walters, Page and Brin said it was their Montessori education that positioned them for extraordinary success. At their Montessori school they were given the freedom to pursue their own interests and encouraged to think for themselves.
Other well-known Montessori graduates include:
Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady
Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Jimmy Wales, co-founder, Wikipedia
Beyonce Knowles, singer, songwriter, actress and designer
David Blaine, magician and endurance artist
Julia Child, first world-famous television chef
and many more...
Did you also know that the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee, youngest Rhodes Scholar, and the youngest artist to exhibit at the United Nations are all Montessori graduates?