About Isla Montessori
Isla Montessori strives to blur the boundaries between our island community and institutional schooling, between community members and guides, as well as, between schools and the island neighborhoods.
At Isla Montessori, you will find an intentional, mission-dedicated community in every corner of the school, in every classroom, and in every Guide. We are committed to the development of academics, character and our diversely rich cultures, especially those represented on our island.
Isla Montessori is commited to:
providing an authentic Montessori education
incorporating the Island's cultures, languages, traditions, and arts into the classroom
arranging opportunities for scientific exploration of the Island
fostering Maria Montessori's vision of peace through education and educating the whole child
training individuals from the local communities in the Montessori Method
retain their natural love of learning.
have open minds; they think critically and independently.
resolve conflicts respectfully, actively and collaboratively.
value diversity and lead compassionate lives.
are active stewards of cultures, global resources and care for their environments for future generations.
...in every child is the seed that will mature into an adult.
- Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori is a child-centered, developmentally-based approach to education. The education philosophy views the child as one that is eager for knowledge who will initiate learning in a supportive, stimulating, and thoughtfully prepared learning environment. The Montessori approach values the development of the whole child – the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Maria Montessori believed that finding one’s place in the world, finding work that is meaningful and fulfilling, and developing the inner peace and depth of soul that allows one to love are the most important goals in life. Montessori herself was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work in education for a peaceful world.
Today, Montessori schools throughout the world have as their foundation her deep respect for children as unique individuals and her profound concern for their social and emotional development.
Maria Montessori believed in children’s inherent desire to learn. Montessori classrooms include multi-age groupings which foster collaboration, and children may work in groups or on their own. The enticing materials invite hands-on exploration, and children move about the room as they find their best place to work. Real-life lessons provide authentic learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time encourage deep concentration, and the freedom to choose work allows students to take responsibility for their own learning.
A well trained Montessori Guide puts great care in the preparation of the classroom environment to foster and encourage curiosity, independence, and freedom within limits. It is in this environment that children are able to guide themselves through, making use of the lessons offered to develop themselves and interacting with the Guide for guidance and support as needed.
Every day in an elementary classroom, students participate in activities of math, language, science, history, geography, and practical life skills. On a daily basis children and adults work to honor kindness, compassion, mutual respect, and peace.
By encouraging students to develop the independence and skills necessary to be self-sufficient in their classrooms, we prepare them for real life, the largest classroom in the world. Children leave a Montessori classroom with a true love of learning and a solid academic and social foundation that will support them throughout their lives.
What is a Montessori Education
Håfa Esti i Edukasion Montessori
Meeta ye Montessori Education
Encourages Concentration & Independence
Build Individual Value While Realizing Place in Global Community
Additional Reference Materials
Association Montessori International
American Montessori Society