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The Montessori Approach

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” — Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn and focuses on the whole child—his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

While some people may think that Montessori education is a method, we feel it is really more an approach or attitude about life, growth and development.

Some Montessori schools pride themselves on remaining faithful to what they see as Maria Montessori’s original vision (see AMI), while others, like BeLoved Montessori, appreciate flexibility and pragmatic adaptation (see AMS).

Even though each school is distinctive, there are a few key points to consider when doing your research on which school would be best for your child. Montessori schools begin with a profound respect for children as unique individuals and work with a deep concern for their social and emotional development. Montessori schools should be warm and supportive communities of students, teacher and parents where children are encouraged to be kind and peaceful and not be afraid to make mistakes.

You can find Montessori schools in church basements, houses, converted barns, shopping centers, former public schools, in suburban or inner city public school systems or on expansive campuses with hundreds of students.

Just as each child is unique, so are the schools that each community of parents and teachers create. So we encourage you to schedule a visit at BeLoved Montessori and experience the environment, meet our staff and see if our school might be a good fit for your family.

What’s the difference between AMS & AMI schools?

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) - was established by Maria Montessori and her son, Mario in 1929 and has international headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In AMI schools, Montessori philosophy and curriculum are implemented in a way that is consistent with the original approach of Maria Montessori from the early 1900s. The Montessori materials are used precisely in the manner used by Dr. Montessori without deviation or extensions; preserving what proponents of this interpretation believe is the purity of the method.

AMS (American Montessori Society) - In the late 1960 Nancy McCormick Rambusch, an AMI Montessori trained teacher founded the American Montessori Society (AMS). She firmly believed that aspects of the Montessori method had to be modified to accommodate the culture in America. In AMS schools, teachers continue the methods developed by Dr. Montessori while bringing in outside resources, materials, and ideas to extend or supplement the Montessori curriculum. Examples include the use of technology and current events.

If you are someone who wants their child to have knowledge about appropriate current events, changes in our society and technology then you may want to look for a school that is more AMS minded.

On the other hand, if you want to insure that your child’s Montessori experience is authentic without any outside or social influences you may want to look for a school that aligns themselves more with AMI.

What parents are saying...
  • “Beloved Montessori has been such a warm, nurturing, and caring environment for my 3 kids. Despite the differences in my children, they each have thrived thanks to the dedicated teachers who are devoted to developing the whole child while fostering respect, kindness, and independence. We could not be happier!”

    Meagan and Lee An Early Childhood
  • “This incredible community has taught her so much about the value of respecting and learning from everyone around you.”

    Crystal Jud Early Childhood
  • “Not only have our children grown and learned, but we as parents have also learned so much about our children's needs, abilities, independence and being better parents.”

    Chris & Dionne Del Carlo Early Childhood
  • “So much emphasis is placed in our society on achievement that to have a foundation of personal satisfaction, growth and an awareness of your own unique place in this world, is simply invaluable.”

    Nancy Notdurft Toddler Program
  • ““The staff at Beloved Montessori have provided such a wonderful environment for our son to grow. We feel blessed to have such an awesome extended family.”

    Sam, Sarah & Elijah Doane Toddler Program
  • “I am not easily impressed. I have seen several generations of children grow up and most of it was with a lot of struggle. This school has the kindest and most caring staff I have ever seen. I watch the kids and I am amazed at what they have learned and how polite and capable they are.”

    Judy Strausbaugh Toddler Program