How the Montessori Philosophy Benefits Your Child

Discover how the Montessori Philosophy enhances the love of learning. 

The Montessori philosophy and approach to education are unlike any other.  The Montessori philosophy is a continually unfolding source of inspiration involving every aspect of human development, with a focus on the whole child.  Our teachers are instructional guides that help each student navigate their own educational journey with love, support, and encouragement.  The goal is to support the development of each child’s greatest potential.  While preparing our students for their next school experience, we first build the foundation, at each child’s unique pace, that will help them to live fulfilling, purposeful lives. 

Nearly 10 years ago, St. Pius X School transitioned from a traditional Catholic school to a Montessori school.  Over the past several years of observing Montessori students, we consistently emphasize Dr. Maria Montessori’s principles, ideals, and beliefs about what education should be for children.  Our philosophy reflects these pillars in the forms of mindfulness, inspiration, resilience, confidence, respectfulness and happiness.

Mindfulness - Children who have been encouraged to make their own decisions and experience the ensuing results from a young age demonstrate careful consideration of their actions and their role in the world community.

Inspiration - The Montessori approach has a sturgeon science base.  Children who have learned to try different choices tend to possess a spirit of scientific adventure, delighting in learning new and unexpected concepts.

Resilience - Children who are offered a myriad of possibilities with adult guidance rather than adult direction learn from failures and mistakes as well as from successes.  

Confidence - Children who experience the self-acknowledgment of growing mastery in a consistent, safe and supportive environment develop an inner confidence, having observed their own competence.  

Respectfulness - Another unique aspect of the Montessori curriculum is the education for peace component.  This begins at birth with the respect that is shown to every child in how we hold and speak to a baby and how we prepare the environment with the child’s, rather than the adult’s, needs in mind.  By the elementary years the student typically acknowledges strengths and challenges in herself and others, understands the important contributions of every living thing, the significance of non-living things, and celebrates the diversity of cultures in our world.

Happiness - Offering children support and encouraging them to become autonomous also increases their ability to solve their own problems.  

In today’s world, we may be less certain of what educational opportunities and careers await our students, but being resilient and exploring and solving problems while finding personal fulfillment will set them up for success, no matter what the future brings.