Montessori is both an educational philosophy and a vision of childhood. Montessorians recognize the power of each child and respect individual patterns of growth. At WTM, the physical surroundings, the learning methods, and the ways in which students interact with one another are choreographed to create an environment in which children can discover their unique relationship to the world.
We believe independent choice and authentic interest are key elements in learning. With each learning activity based on the needs and interests of the children, they develop independence and the ability to make good choices early on. It is through their own work in our specially prepared environments that children develop self-discipline and self-teaching abilities that will last a lifetime.
Montessorians believe that children learn by doing and are lovers of purposeful work, spontaneously chosen and carried out with profound joy. Montessori education also attends to the total development of the child – social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual. We understand these spheres of a child’s personality and intellect must be integrated and balanced through the child’s activities.
The Montessori Method is education as an aid to life: every unique life. This scientific approach is dependent upon the individual, as we are all born with constructive qualities to fully become the people we are meant to be.
Five general areas of study include Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language/Music, and Cultural Studies that encompass geography, science, and art.