Philosophy and Pedagogy
Maria Montessori built the foundation for her teaching principles on the belief that by allowing children to develop to their fullest potential, their contributions to society would lead to a peaceful world. Her philosophy of showing respect to children by preparing environments of materials, experiences, and attitudes suited to the characteristics of each stage of development is the foundation of Montessori training and practice today.
Eagle Peak Montessori School follows the Montessori pedagogy, one that gives children the freedom to explore and develop to their fullest potential while working with didactic materials, in groups and independently, within a prepared environment. The aim of the materials in a Montessori classroom is to move the child from a concrete understanding of concepts to abstraction. The expectation of respect—for self, others and the environment—guides the Montessori Method. Every room in our school is prepared to meet the developmental needs of the age group served within the environment.
Comparing Montessori and traditional public education
• Emphasis on: cognitive and social development
• Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom
• Environment and method encourage self-discipline
• Mainly individual instruction
• Mixed age grouping
• Emphasis on: social development
• Teacher is center of classroom
• Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline
• Group and individual instruction
• Same age grouping