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Philosophy

The philosophy that guides the teachers of MMS is one that comes from all of our influences—history, traditions, research, extensions of the Montessori philosophy as well as the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. We have used this research to create our own identity of MacDonald Montessori.

The philosophies of Maria Montessori and Reggio-Emilia are characterized by their seamless blending and connections between their theory and practice. Since we have been strongly influenced by them both, we are set with the privileged challenge of doing the same in our own context. Our theory and therefore our practice include attitudes about children, teachers and parents.

At MacDonald Montessori, parents, teachers and children are all partners of a learning community with strong emphasis placed on each child’s unique abilities in thinking, reasoning, questioning and experimenting in life. All three protagonists, the teachers, the children and the parents come from many varied and cultural and educational backgrounds but together they form one community that sees all children as powerful and competent individuals.

"The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities.."-Maria Montessori

“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”-Loris Malaguzzi