Maria Montessori

Montessori Philosophy
& Montessori Method

A great superstructure requires a good foundation” – Maria Montessori



Montessori Philosophy


Dr. Maria Montessori believed:

  • Since a child is motivated by a natural curiosity and a love of knowledge and discovery, a special environment (physically and psychologically prepared with intriguing, didactic equipment) will stimulate early learning;
  • The life of a child is a developmental continuum with each stage having its base in the preceding one and, in turn, preparing for the next;
  • A child must be motivated from within in order to become a lifelong learner;
  • Building a child’s self-esteem is paramount. Only with high self-esteem will a child develop the inner motivation for thinking and acting independently and responsibly.

Calgary Montessori School is committed to the provision of quality Montessori education to students from Preschool through Grade Six based on these key concepts:

  • To honour the dignity of all children and trust in their innate desire to learn. Each child learns at their own pace with the teacher guiding and monitoring the learning environment.
  • To have learning occur in an inquisitive, cooperative and nurturing atmosphere, with students increasing their own knowledge through self and teacher initiated experiences.
  • The atmosphere at Calgary Montessori School is one that promotes academic excellence and instills a love of learning, leading to a positive self-image.
  • To foster autonomous, competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are life-long learners and problem solvers.
  • To respect the whole personality of the student, not merely his/her intellectual faculties but also his/her powers of deliberation and initiative. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, and cognitive needs and interests of the student are interconnected and of equal importance. 
  • To instill in students a respect for one-self, others, the environment and life, as necessary precursors to developing both their full potential, as well as a caring attitude towards all people and the planet.