What is Montessori?

The Montessori philosophy is built upon the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. At the centre of her philosophy is the belief that we must “observe the needs of the child and answer them.” By providing authentic and meaningful learning experiences, a Montessori holds the intellectual, social and emotional needs of children in the highest regard. Ultimately, a Montessori education aims to guide students as they become independent, secure, responsible individuals who remain lifelong learners and become contributing members of society.

Key Aspects of Hand in Hand:
– small teacher/student ratio
– students working together with uninterrupted work time
– following of developmental stages
– gymnastics classes and training
– yoga/second languages/ art/ music
– encompassing curriculum

– independence
– confidence & competence
– internal motivation
– ability to handle external authority
– social responsibility/ leadership
– academic preparation
– global awareness
– respect
– approachability
– role modelling
– spontaneity & joy in learning