"The International Montessori Academy of Wilmington is an invaluable resource to children, parents and the community. The school is sensitive to the needs of each individual child, as well as each individual family."- Primary Program Parent
"Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment."- Maria Montessori
"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."- Maria Montessori
The Montessori Academy welcomes children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 6 years. The primary goal of our programs is to assist each child in developing a sound self-esteem via respect and compassion, facilitating success conducive to healthy maturation and independence. By offering a loving, nurturing, homelike environment, we afford the child the sense of security necessary to comfortably and confidently move on and explore.
Freedom of movement throughout the environment is strongly encouraged, enabling our children to learn through all the senses. As a result of this physically active approach to learning, coordination, balance, and control over movement are also strengthened. Freedom of choice is also encouraged, provided these choices are made and work is performed within clearly defined limits--limits that fall within the boundaries of:
- Respect for one's self.
- Respect for other individuals.
- Respect for the environment and all that it contains.
- In summary, greater respect for our world!
Emphasis in the environment is placed on a trusting, collaborative relationship between teacher and parent in the whole care-giving and educational process in order to insure the development of a healthy personality and the fulfillment of the individual spirit of the child.