Our Philosophy

The Montessori Philosophy: An Entirely Different Approach to Education

Memorization. Repetition. Standardized tests. If this is the educational experience you want for your child, a traditional school is probably the right choice. But if you’re looking for a unique, open environment that emphasizes your child’s natural interests and developmental pace, then Montessori philosophy — which we follow at South Lake Montessori School — is the best choice for your child.

The Montessori education journey all began with Dr. Maria Montessori. Through scientific observations, she determined that children learn best when learning at their own pace and given the choice of his or her own activities. This breakthrough sparked a revolution that led to the Montessori method being taught all over the world.

South Lake Montessori teachers play a much different — and more vital — role than in a typical classroom. We believe children have a natural desire to learn, and will act joyfully if given the opportunity. Your Montessori teacher will work with your child to individually encourage him or her to explore the areas that excite and engage him or her. As children master an exercise, we guide them to the next appropriate challenge.

We believe each Montessori classroom is a community, with respect for others at the core. And the community formed in our programs goes beyond the classrooms to encompass the entire school. Combined with our Whole Child Education, we are creating lifelong learners and good citizens.