THE HIDDEN
CURRICULUM

INDEPENDENCE

Specific goals are present in Montessori classrooms of all ages:

There’s a famous Maria Montessori quote help the child to help themselves that guides the interaction between adults and children in Montessori classrooms. What this looks like changes depending on the age of the children, but the core idea is always the same – “help the child to help themselves”. In a toddler classroom this means allowing children to change their own shoes, and hang up their own coats. In an elementary classroom this means allowing children to be independent learners, taking responsibility for their work and what they learn.

Life-Long Learners

Montessori education instills in children the love of learning. A natural result of this love is creating life-long learners. Montessori children don’t make a distinction between learning at school, and playing at home. Montessori children of all ages learn because they enjoy learning, not for the praise and approval that they receive from the adults in their life if they learn. For that reason, Montessori children learn wherever they are because they love to learn! By the time children emerge from a Montessori elementary program they have the tools to be successful wherever their educational journey takes them, because they know: who they are, how they learn, and they love learning.

Hidden
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
Maria Montessori

GRACE and COURTESY

Grace and courtesy is a key component in any Montessori classroom, for example:

  • Children learn to respect each other and each other’s work.
  • Children are given the tools to handle conflicts that arise between them and other children, rather than having adults swoop in to solve conflicts for them.
  • When children eat lunch they set tables with placemats, napkins, plates, knives, forks and water glasses. They wait until every child has their food on their plates and is ready to eat before anyone starts eating.

A Montessori classroom teaches children what living in the world with grace and courtesy looks like.

Global

GLOBAL CITIZEN

Maria Montessori stated that one function of a Montessori education was to create global citizens: children who were aware and respectful of cultures and religions other than their own, and knew their place in the global society. That’s a revolutionary idea today, imagine how revolutionary it was 100 years ago! Partly because of this, Montessori schools tend to have an ethnically diverse population. That is definitely true of our school where thirty percent of our children are bilingual, speaking languages from all over the world.

THE CLASSROOM
MULTIPLE YEARS
THE OUTCOME