Our Philosophy

At Metropolitan Montessori Schools, it is our goal to provide rich and positive learning experiences to the children, families and early childhood professionals we serve. Our philosophy is grounded in the teachings of Maria Montessori, which we believe provide the strongest foundation for learning and growth.

Montessori’s years of research revealed that the first six years of a child’s quest for knowledge are characterized not by ordinary curiosity but by an acute need to learn and explore. Montessori’s research culminated in a vision of a series of special environments that would preserve that joyful regard for learning by supporting and fulfilling each stage of a child’s development. As she stated, “The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” The journey to self confidence, independence and competence begins as soon as the child enters into our program. The life lessons of respect, cooperation, appreciation for others, problem solving, and responsibility are modeled and practiced at MMS on a daily basis.

Parental Involvement

Studies have shown that strong partnerships with families is a critical component of a quality early childhood education program. Programs that are truly family-centered serve as a catalyst for children’s healthy development, provide opportunities for parent growth and serve as a hub for an array of family programs. At Metropolitan Montessori Schools, we believe parents are a child’s first teacher and that the family’s system of care is of utmost importance. In order to serve children well, we must work with their families. Metropolitan Montessori Schools is committed to a successful parent-provider partnership through cooperation, respect and the mutual goal of doing what is best for children in care. In aligning ourselves with a family-centered philosophy, MMS believes:

  • The family is the constant in the child’s life
  • The family is the center of a child’s life
  • Families are the primary influence in the lives of their children
  • Families are dynamic and engaged in a process of development
  • Families cannot be generalized and must be viewed individually
  • The culture of families and communities must be respected and valued
  • Families have a great deal to offer child care providers – they provide information about the individual child, across time and in a variety of settings
  • Families experience multiple demands
  • Strong families make strong communities
  • Investment in all children is important
  • Children deserve a safe environment that enhances social, emotional and cognitive development

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