Every child is born with a desire to learn.
According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the mind of a young child has a great capacity for absorbing a tremendous variety of experiences. "The most important period of life is… the period from birth to the age of six," said Dr. Montessori, "for that is the time when a person's intelligence itself is being formed." If the child's experiences during these years are limited, the most impressionable years are lost forever.
The essential concept of the Montessori approach to education is that every child carries unseen within, the adult that she/he one day will become. In order to develop his/her full physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional potential the child must have the right physical, intellectual, and emotional environment during the years of early childhood.
Montessori is based on respect: respect for the child, respect for his family, and respect for all life. The youngest child is treated with great respect for his independence and dignity as a growing human being.
Montessori educators recognize that no two children are the same. They grow in their own ways, at their own individual pace. As children develop they may find that they learn a given skill in ways that their classmates may not. Montessori teachers respect the differences among the children and allow them to blossom.