Silver Maple Montessori is a new school located in the 147 year old Harrop house beside the famous Sixteen Mile creek. We are currently restoring the beautiful site to its former grandeur and customizing it to fit the needs of our students. We believe that by providing a beautiful and enriched environment, led by a trained and nurturing staff, we can activate each child’s natural desire to learn. In conjunction with the Montessori approach, we nurture independent thinking and learning. We recognize that each child has different interests and learning styles and therefore, truly cater an individualized program. Silver Maple Montessori’s curriculum places great value in promoting respect for self, community and the environment along with an emphasis on academics.
We are currently seeking a few families that are familiar or interested in the Montessori approach to join our Toddler and Casa community, starting in September 2017.
THE REASON FOR EDUCATION –By Dr. Maria Montessori
“To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator. My experiments, conducted in many different countries, had been going on for forty years (ed. now eighty-five years), and as the children grew up parents kept asking me to extend my methods to the later ages. We then found that individual activity is the one factor that stimulates and produces development, and that this is not more true for the little ones of preschool age than it is for the junior, middle, and upper school children.
Ours was a house for children, rather than a real school. We had prepared a place for children where a diffused culture could be assimilated, without any need for direct instruction…Yet these children learned to read and write before they were five, and no one had given them any lessons. At that time it seemed miraculous that children of four and a half should be able to write, and that they should have learned without the feeling of having been taught.
We puzzled over it for a long time. Only after repeated experiments did we conclude with certainty that all children are endowed with this capacity to ’absorb’ culture. If this be true – we then argued – if culture can be acquired without effort, let us provide the children with other elements of culture. And then we saw them ’absorb’ far more than reading and writing: botany, zoology, mathematics, geography, and all with the same ease, spontaneously and without getting tired.
And so 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. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”