Philosophy

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Dr. Maria Montessori based her method of education on both scientific observation of and a deep reverence for the child. She saw each child as a naturally inquisitive individual and education as a child-centered journey of discovery. At Walnut Park we have been implementing her method for 50 years.

Each classroom at Walnut Park Montessori is carefully prepared to meet the needs and spark the curiosity of young children. Multi-age classroom communities that engender respect and promise safety give each individual child a balance of structure and freedom. Younger children learn from older peers. And older children act as leaders and role models. Walnut Park’s experienced and attentive faculty invite children to learn by exploring, to develop a sense of independence and order, as their abilities to concentrate, think critically, and resolve conflicts also grow.

Dr. Montessori’s distinctive methods and important impact on children have been influencing educators around the world since 1907, when she opened the “Casa Dei Bambini” in Rome. Today the Montessori method of education is practiced in 110 countries. To learn more about our practice of the Montessori method, read about our curriculum.