"The Montessori Method is wonderful for children because it gives them an opportunity to develop at their own speed."

                             -A WEMS parent



Dr. Montessori's pioneering work created a blueprint for educating children, from the learning disabled to the gifted, and for helping children to become self-motivated, independent and life-long learners.  Many of the concepts that she invented are now commonplace in early childhood education.  Ideas that she pioneered include:

  • That the most important period of life is from birth to the age of six when intelligence is being formed.

  • That early stimulation is very important for success in later learning. That children learn from an active, hands-on approach that draws on all five senses.

  • That learning materials should be interesting, reality-oriented and designed to facilitate self-correcting and the refinement of sensory perceptions.

  • That real learning involves the ability to do things for oneself, not the passive reception of knowledge.

  • That imposing immobility and silence hampers a child 's ability to learn.

  • That children take a natural pleasure in learning and that the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning is the basis of self-confidence necessary for independence.

Montessori education provides a nurturing, supportive, and unique learning environment that maximizes each child's opportunity to learn and grow personally and socially in a very individual manner. With Montessori education, children can learn and mature to an extraordinary level, and they do.