Our approach to our teaching and our programs is strongly shaped by the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, a pioneer in early childhood education.
Dr. Montessori believed:
- the most important years for learning are from birth until six years of age
- the most important learning during this period is the cultivation of the child’s own natural desire to learn
- the best way to cultivate this desire is to allow children to use their own natural tools for learning: their curiosity, their senses, their ability to be engaged, and their capacity for absorbing knowledge from their surroundings
Children at our school are encouraged to exercise self-motivation, independence, and responsibility as learners through:
- a beautifully prepared environment in which children can follow their curiosity and learn at their own pace
- a low teacher-student ratio; our teachers can give each child individual attention and ensure that each child benefits fully from our programs.
Students at Children’s House:
- learn to love learning
- develop strong qualities of self-motivation, independence, responsibility, and confidence
- learn to be part of a community of learners
- learn to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their surroundings.
- as children graduate from Children’s House and move on to other schools, their new teachers often comment on the high quality of the children’s preparedness for school and their noticeable enthusiasm for learning
- recent research shows that children who have attended a Montessori kindergarten outscore children who have attended public school kindergarten on academic tasks, social skills, and adapting to change
- the children themselves: the founding parents set out to make Children’s House “a place where children like to be” and that is what it is to this day