Philosophy

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Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician, educator, and recipient of the 1949 Nobel Peace Prize, based the underpinning of her educational philosophy and approach on both a scientific observation of and a deep reverence for the child.

Dr. Montessori saw each child as a naturally inquisitive individual and education as a child-centered journey of discovery. Through trial and error, she created academic activities and materials designed to foster and encourage a child’s natural development. Walnut Park has implemented her Montessori Method for more than 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, offer each child a balance of structure and freedom. Younger children learn from older peers who in turn take pride in their role as leaders and role models. Walnut Park’s experienced and attentive faculty, known as guides, invite children to learn by exploring and to develop a sense of independence and order. Children’s abilities to concentrate, think critically, and resolve conflicts flourish in such a nurturing environment.

Dr. Montessori’s distinctive methods and significant impact on children has influenced 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 Walnut Park’s practice of the Montessori Method, read Sharing the Journey.