What is Montessori...

      Montessori is an educational philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual's unique development. It is based on the observation that young children learn best in a setting filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.

      Montessori uses a "whole child" approach. The primary goal is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. The holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning, time to enjoy the process and insure the development of self-esteem, and provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge. Learning is a happy experience which encourages children to build the foundation for a lifetime of creative living and learning.

     Each child is recognized at his/her individual level of development and presented attractive learning situations suited to that stage. When the child has mastered a level, he/she is encouraged to attempt new materials and activities to further stimulate his/her growth.

     We encourage you to come in and experience Montessori for yourself. A lifetime love of learning awaits your child.

Some famous Montessori students...

     Most of us associate our career success with our colleges. Not too many people come out and say “When I was three years old I went to Hometown Montessori School, and that made all the difference.” Here are a few well-known people who remember their Montessori school connections and consider their experiences there vital.

Julia Child, the cook and writer, who taught Americans to love, prepare and pronounce French dishes, attended Montessori school.
Peter Drucker, the business guru, who has been said to be one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, was a Montessori student.
Alice Waters, the chef of Chez Panisse fame and creator of The Edible Schoolyard Project, was a Montessori teacher.
Anne Frank's famous diary was a natural extension of Anne’s Montessori elementary school experience.
Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher, corresponded with Dr. Maria Montessori about teaching methods.
Larry Page and Sergei Brin, founders of Google, Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon, and Steve Case of America Online all credit Montessori schooling to their creative success.

     Montessori schools are focused on helping children become self-directed individuals, who can, and do, make a difference in their families, in their communities and in their world – famous or not.

-An excerpt from an article in Tomorrow’s Child magazine written by Maren Schmidt and Dana Schmidt.