Okemos Public Montessori Philosophy
As practitioners of her philosophy, Okemos Public Montessori School continues the tradition of individualized learning that encompasses all aspects of the child: social, emotional, physical, and academic. In keeping with Okemos Public Schools commitment to education, the Edgewood Public Montessori School meets each child at his or her developmental level. Through patient observation and respectful interaction, the inner child is revealed to the teacher.
The classroom is uniquely designed to provide opportunities for children to build independence, concentration, and self-awareness. Maria Montessori once stated "free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes." This is particularly true in a Montessori classroom. This freedom is developed through thoughtful, sensible, and sensitive interaction.
Together with student's parents, our mission is to provide each child with the opportunities needed to become a creative, intelligent, and respectful addition to our community.
Okemos Public Montessori's program is aligned with the American Montessori Society philosophy.
- Children are born with a natural desire to learn.
- Learning is a lifelong process.
- Learning happens when children feel safe enough to take risks with new concepts and ideas.
- Children reach their highest potential when they are trusted, given opportunities to be responsible, and freedom to make appropriate choices.
- Children develop toward their potential at their own pace in an environment that nurtures and respects their unique strengths and interests.
- Children learn by doing, and hands-on activities make concepts relevant to their lives.
- Academic development is integrated with social, emotional, and physical development.
- Children's educational experience is enhanced when their parents understand and support the Montessori philosophy.
Our commitment toward applying the Montessori philosophy ensures our students the greatest likelihood of becoming confident and self-motivated lifelong learners.
Montessori Information Resources
- Montessori Read & Write: A Parent's Guide to Literacy for Children
- Montessori and Your Child
- The Absorbent Mind
- The Secret of Childhood
- The Discovery of the Child
- From Childhood to Adolescence
- The Child In the Family
- The Montessori Method
- Spontaneous Activity in Education
- Education & Peace
- Education for a New World
- What You Should Know About Your Child
- Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
- The Formation of Man
Polk, Paula Lillard
- Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher's Account of How Children Really Learn
- Montessori: A Modern Approach
- Montessori Today: A comprehensive approach to Education
- Maria Montessori - Her Life & Work
Wolf, Aline D.
- A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom
Tomorrow's Child Magazine