The Montessori Teaching Philosophy

Montessori environments for infants, and classrooms from preschool through high school, are base on a philosophy of education, very different than the experienced by most of us adults. Rather that beginning with and adult-school-society dictated set of lessons, the Montessori ‘guide” (as the teacher is called) builds on the natural human tendencies toward exploration, hard work, creativity, and communication, to create a learning environment which feeds the evolving passions of the children. Clearly the adult in charge of such an environment requires a very different preparation. The traditional Montessori training is a full year of graduate work for each of the following three age levels, and stage of development, of children:

  1. Birth to three years
  2. Three to six years
  3. Six to twelve years
  4. The Montessori middle and high school teacher ideally has taken all three training courses plus graduate work in an academic area or areas.