why montessori?

Maria Montessori, one of the first female physicians in Italy, developed the Montessori approach to education. The Montessori method concentrates on the specific developmental needs of the child. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning at Salina Montessori School is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Here, at Salina Montessori School, we offer you a diverse learning community where your child can grow in spirit and intellect.

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

Maria Montessori

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Who was

Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori graduated from the University of Rome Medical School in 1896. Montessori education dates back to 1907 when Montessori developed her approach to education, which is focused on “following the interests of the child.” Her unique philosophy sparked the interest of educators worldwide. Countless books and articles about Montessori have been published in near ly every language. She spread her vision throughout the world. Montessori died in the Netherlands in 1952.

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What is

Montessori?

Montessori education is based on a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child -- physical, social, emotional, cognitive. The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order.

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Why

Salina Montessori School?

Children who attend Salina Montessori School gain a sense of their own ability to learn new things, master new skills, solve problems, and to do things well. They become fiercely independent. Montessori teaches children how to live in a community and how to resolve conflicts peacefully. We are engaged in teaching children to think deeply, to figure things out for themselves, and to be their own best teacher. In addition to the traditional Montessori education, Salina Montessori School provides an added dimension with our daily worship and Bible stories.



"The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity
and invite the child to conduct his own experiences."

Maria Montessori

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Montessori classrooms
Traditional classrooms

Children learn from peers, self-correcting materials

Teacher corrects pupils errors

Long blocks of time permit invaluable concentration

Arbitrary amount of time is allotted to projects

Teacher is a guide

Teacher controls the classroom

Primarily individual instruction

Primarily group instruction

Mixed age children

Same age children

Child chooses his own work

Teacher assigns work

Child sets his own learning pace

Individual’s pace is set by group norms or by the teacher

Materials are multi-sensory and include gardening and Christian education

Materials are primarily toys or pencil/paper

Self care is learned

Self care is left to the parents

Natural consequences

Arbitrary penalties

Intrinsic feelings of accomplishment

Extrinsic rewards


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Salina Montessori School is compatible with all Christian teachings. There is a daily fifteen-minute worship time where lessons from the Bible are taught. Based on the Montessori method, Godly Play uses a careful telling of scripture stories, engaging story figures, and activities to encourage children to seek and find answers to their faith questions. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.


"The land is where our roots are.
The children must be taught to live in harmony with the earth."

Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori believed each child needed intimacy with the natural world. Otherwise, she reasoned, how would the senses or the soul or the mind grow? The Gardening Program at Salina Montessori School nurtures each child’s appreciation and understanding of the natural world and builds ecologically responsible citizens by involving them in the seasonal cycles of planting, composting, harvesting, and sharing the food grown in an organic garden. The garden at Salina Montessori School provides us with an abundance of hands on science and math lessons such as butterfly metamorphosis, seed germination, measuring growth, and many more.