Oak Park Turning Point Montessori
Educational Philosophy The basic principle of the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child has all the potentialities of the MAN or WOMAN each can become. To best develop physical, intellectual and spiritual powers, a child must have freedom – a freedom that is achieved through order and self-discipline. A child is born into the world of sights and sounds that, in infancy, appear chaotic. The child must gradually create order from this chaos by learning to distinguish the items that bombard his/her senses. Slowly, but surely, the child will gain self-mastery within his/her environment. Dr. Maria Montessori developed what she called the “prepared environment” which includes the concepts of freedom, structure, and order. This environment involves the presentation of the Montessori materials and the development of community life in an atmosphere that is beautiful, warm and safe. The children engage in activities that are real rather than fanciful. Each area of the physical environment has a specific and defined order as well as a sequence.