Princeton Montessori is a collaborative learning environment that emphasizes the individual child’s initiative and independence allowing the children to progress through an orderly series of structured learning activities at their own pace and Creating a desire to go beyond the classroom environment for exploration and development from within.
“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.”Dr. Maria Montessori
We in Princeton Montessori understand that children of different ages have different needs and abilities. We study child development theory and make sure that our classrooms have developmentally appropriate activities and expectations. When something new is discovered about the growing brain, we are taking notes, ready to back it up with our educational practice. We believe that the environment itself is the best teacher, and we design the classroom to fit the needs of the child, rich experiences balanced by beauty and order.
We model grace and courtesy treating our children as we wish ourselves to be treated. We use calm voices when teaching and speak with respect in regard to the children’s feelings. We carry ourselves with poise and handle objects with care. We believe that the children are acutely observing us even when we aren’t aware of it, and they will mimic our behaviors and attitudes. We recognize that children are unique individuals who are not likely to master the exact same concepts or have the same interests at the same time. We celebrate this uniqueness and allow each child to develop at his or her pace.