What is Montessori?

What is Montessori?

“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.  Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow and to create the adult he or she will become.  Such experience is not just play…it is work the child must do in order to grow up.”   –Maria Montessori

Our role as a Montessori School is to provide each child with the tools they need to explore and learn.  Our classroom is carefully designed with specially prepared materials to maximize independent learning.  Young children need to touch, feel, see, sense, and move through their world to gain understanding and experience.  The Montessori method allows the child to do this and is designed for the child to learn at his/her own pace.

The goals of the Montessori education are

  • to nurture a positive attitude toward learning
  • to develop self-confidence
  • to develop concentration
  • to foster natural curiosity
  • to develop initiative and persistence
  • to foster inner security and a sense of order
  • to develop sensory-motor skills
  • to encourage creative thinking



St. Mark’s Early Learners is a preschool that is dedicated to providing a high-quality Montessori education.  An environment has been created so all children feel like the school is a home away from home.  We feel each and every child has the right to a safe and healthy environment, to individual attention, to respect, and love and to a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience.

Based on this philosophy, children who attend develop a sense of self-respect and a love of learning, which will endure for the rest of their lives.

The program at St. Mark’s Early Learners is a child-centered rather than adult-directed program.  The planning of the daily schedule is based on both the children’s development and their individual needs.  An effective program for each child requires joint cooperation between parents and teachers.  We also consider communication to be one of the most important aspects of the relationship.

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