"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that certification...
but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher one, by means of their own activity, through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual."
- Maria Montessori
Peninsula Montessori implements the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori as embodied in the following principles.
Mixed age groupingFreedom of choice with responsibilitySelf teaching manipulative materialsCharacter and personal developmentChildren progress at their own rateRichly prepared environmentControl of error built into lessonsTeacher is a guideBuild positive self-imageLogical consequences for behaviorSelf discipline through workInterrelated curriculum
Children learn to care for themselves and their environmentEncourages left and right brain integrationMovement necessary for neuro-muscular developmentIndividual as well as group interactionsSensitive periods of learningSelf control through lessons in grace and courtesySensory based learningNon-judgmental approachAppreciation of all life