Our Childcare Montessori Philosophy
At Montessori Kids Universe (MKU) our philosophy is a beautiful combination of authentic Montessori methods, Reggio Emilia Methods and developed together with DaVinci Kids. Let’s look more at each of these.
The Montessori Method is an educational philosophy developed more than a century ago by a medical doctor in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori. Through her research Dr. Montessori discovered a unique methodology observing how children learn at an individualized pace.
The Montessori Method fosters individuality, allowing each student to follow their own interests in a carefully prepared classroom environment. Students develop a self-driven pace and independence, and are guided to higher skill levels as mastery occurs. Conversely, students needing more time for mastery are not pressured by peers.
Social Graces and Courtesies are a fundamental component in our Montessori Kids Universe schools. We believe in modeling and treating children with respect and courtesy. We understand that a certain level of independence is necessary to create curious minds and independent thinkers. With that granted independence, children follow their own interests and are also guided. As we model respect, our students develop respect for themselves, their classmates, teachers, classroom, community and the universe in which they live.
Reggio Emilia Influence
The Reggio Emilia method was founded by humanitarian, teacher, and educational psychologist Loris Malaguzzi shortly after WWII in Italy. One of the main aspects of this learning philosophy is the role of expression. The philosophy believes in the concept of One Hundred Languages in that there are hundreds of ways for children to express themselves. Those ways of expression are described as expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphorical, logical, imaginative and relational.
In following that philosophy, materials are presented through a variety of expressionist tools. Children explore, experiment and play with the materials but are also subconsciously developing skills to assist in concept development and deeper understanding of a topic. Self expression and creativity are incredibly important in the Reggio philosophy. The combination of the Reggio inspiration and Montessori philosophy reinforces and strengthens the image of the child as a self confident, creative and curious person.
DaVinci Kids, our proprietary enrichment curriculum was developed with the objective to foster creativity in our children through the arts and sciences. Our enrichment curriculum provides many ways for your child to participate in group projects, igniting their curiosity and developing creative thinking skills. Our unique curriculum focuses on creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.)
In our program, a carefully planned series of successes builds upon their inner confidence, assuring them that they can learn independently and through creativity. These confidence building activities contribute to your child’s healthy emotional development and self-confidence.
The combination of the Montessori and Reggio inspired philosophies, implemented through our DaVinci Kids curriculum reinforces and strengthens the image of the child as a competent, creative and curious person. We offer an abundance of creative outlets, stimulating projects and social interaction in the arts, science, engineering and math activities.