The mission of Blue Ridge Montessori School is to aid children in the task of self-construction in a nurturing environment. In the spirit of Dr. Maria Montessori, we promote peace, concentration, creative problem solving, order, and independence. Social, emotional and academic growth is encouraged in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Respect for the child and all living things, is at the heart of all we do.
Motivated by their natural curiosity, children spend most of each school day moving freely from one activity to another. They choose tasks, which are often self-correcting and increasingly difficult. Our teachers are guides who understand and care for the child’s needs, introducing the right tools at the right time. But, the child must be given the freedom to move about, to question, to repeat, and work at their own pace choosing their own activities within the carefully prepared environment that the teacher has constructed. Our teachers allow children to complete tasks without interruption. Each successfully completed step in the academic process reinforces a positive attitude towards learning, encouraging inner motivation and promoting self-confidence. Therefore, a child establishes a habit of learning.
The age span within the classes provides a family-like setting. More experienced children share their knowledge while reinforcing their own learning. This peer group learning generates conversation and provides more language experience than a conventional preschool setting.
About Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was born in Ancona, Italy in 1870. In 1895 she became the first woman in Italy to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
In 1907, Dr. Montessori opened her first “Children’s House” in the slums of Rome. Word of the great success of her method spread throughout Europe, and soon there were schools using her method with classroom guides trained by Dr. Montessori herself throughout the continent. Montessori education was introduced to the United States in 1912 by Alexander Graham Bell in his own home. America invited Dr. Montessori to establish classrooms for the World Exhibition in San Francisco.
While Montessori was interned in India during the Second World War, she worked with older children, aged 7 to 12. It was through her careful observation of the style in which the older children learn (the reasoning mind), compared to the observations she had been making for over thirty years of the younger child’s learning style (the absorbent mind), that inspired her to write her quintessential work, The Absorbent Mind. Maria Montessori died in the Netherlands in 1952. Her legacy of meeting the needs of children continues here at BRMS.