Roanoke Valley Montessori School
"Where Education is the Path to Our Future"

Two Locations
2040 Apperson Drive
Salem, Virginia 24153

1299 S. Colorado St.
Salem, Virginia 24153
Childcare and

Serving the Roanoke Valley Since 2002
What is Montessori

 Montessori is a method of education named after Dr. Maria Montessori. It is both a philosophy of  child growth, development, and a rationale for guiding such development.  Maria Montessori was born in 1870. In 1895, she became the first woman in Italy to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medicine. This background led Dr. Montessori to approach education more from a scientific level rather than the academic standard. She observed children and was constantly testing and retesting the validity of her concepts; concepts that would ultimately contribute to a more natural growth of learning in all children-learning disabled through the gifted - far beyond previous practice. To Dr. Montessori, education was a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills. Dr. Montessori died in 1952. Today, after almost 75 years of international application, the Montessori Method thrives in the United States, with more than 3,000 schools established since 1957.
Maria Montessori once said, “Every unnecessary help is really a hindrance to development. “  Every time you complete a task for your child rather than allowing them to do it themselves, you are actually hindering your child from learning how to complete the task.  Rather it be putting their shoes on for them, dressing them, or anything your child is capable of doing.  Children are capable of doing many things for themselves that parents usually do for them.  Through our children, we parents and teachers are the architects of the future of humanity. 
Learning Objectives
Respect for the Child: Children are different from adults and each other; each one of us is unique and deserves respect.
“The Absorbent Mind”: The first six years of life are immensely important in terms of learning. During this period children have extraordinary abilities to learn almost effortlessly; they “absorb” information from their environment, whatever that environment may be.
“The Prepared Environment”: Children can learn best and become confident individuals in an environment where appropriate activities are available, where they can choose their own activities, and where they can progress at their own pace using self-correcting materials. Montessori tells us to “follow the child”.
Purposeful Work: Work through meaningful activities designed so children can succeed, children create themselves. The child, in essence, is asking us to “Help me do it by myself”.
 The Human Potential: Education begins at birth…and never ends. If children’s developmental needs are met, children will be able to maximize their potentials, whatever they may be. Montessori extended this premise to the world as a whole, where fulfilled and well balanced adults would begin to behave better towards each other, leading eventually to a world at peace.