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Montessori Program

two boys reading togetherChildren, 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 the world.

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.

Age Requirements
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

teacher helping a studentRegistration
For more information on school registration, please click here.
*Students must be toilet trained to be eligible for the Tobin Montessori School.

More Information
Mary Frawley, Family Liaison
617.349.6600 x153

Erin Gutierrez, Montessori Resource Teacher

617.349.6600 x239


Accredited by The American Montessori Society