The Montessori Principles
Montessori education is based Maria Montessori’s beliefs about child development. Primary amongst her beliefs are that children can discover abstract concepts through experience with concrete materials. As such, children in our classrooms work with carefully designed materials that allow them to build important skills while constructing their own knowledge about the world around them.
Montessori also placed a great deal of importance on children learning how to maintain their own individuality while also learning how to become part of a larger community. Our teachers model grace and courtesy, and weave lessons on how to treat others throughout much of the curriculum.
Maria Montessori also stressed the importance of freedom, but freedom within established limits. To her, true freedom meant taking responsibility for one’s self and cultivating the self-discipline that allows one to make choices based on what will be the good for the self and for the community over the long term.
At UMS, these principles are the foundation upon which we build child-centered classrooms that value each child and what they bring to our unique community.