from birth on, want to learn. Children at different stages of
development are drawn to different things. The young child from birth
through six wants to learn the facts: the names of objects, how to do a
task and the care of self and their environment. The child from six to
twelve wants to learn about relationships between people, places and
things. A child needs help in making sense out of the many aspects of
Providing that help is the idea behind the Montessori
method of education. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, was
frustrated by the rigid form of education she found in the early 1900s.
She observed that from birth to age six children have an "absorbent
mind" that gives them the ability to take in and remember all the
details of their environment, from the daily routines, to the names of
objects, to the way people like one thing and dislike another. Children
from six to twelve years have a "reasoning mind" and seek to learn about
cause and effect in the universe, as well as how people relate to each
other throughout the world. Children need to organize and classify all
this information. Dr. Montessori believed adults could best help the
child do this by creating a "prepared environment" that offers both
structure and freedom. The structure comes from the order of the
classroom and knowing how and why to use different materials. The
freedom comes from the children's ability to choose their own tasks,
work at their own pace and move ahead as the desire to know more and
something different becomes important.
In addition to academics, children learn how to become responsible
members of the school community. Self-respect, respect for others,
respect for the environment, compassion, and cooperation are key
elements that exist and are modeled throughout the school.
Students must be 5 years old by August 31
Students must be 4 years old by August 31
Students must be 3 years old by August 31
For more information on school registration, please click here.
*Students must be toilet trained to be eligible for the Tobin Montessori School.
Mary Frawley, Family Liaison
Erin Gutierrez, Montessori Resource Teacher
Accredited by The American Montessori Society