"The child should love everything he learns, for his mental and emotional growth are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination. Once love has been kindled, all problems confronting the educationalist will disappear." Maria Montessori
Springfield subscribes to the Montessori teaching philosophy. Briefly, this philosophy, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), ensures an environment that is conducive to learning - an environment rich in life giving activities suited to the needs of the developing child. The program's goals for the child are to provide an environment that promotes a love of learning, to help the child develop physical and mental order and "Inner Discipline", to provide an environment and materials within it that will meet the child's emotional, cognitive, spiritual, social, and physical developmental needs, and to help the child to help himself through the processes of independence, responsibility, socialization, and grace and courtesy.
To achieve and maintain the standards demanded by the Montessori Method of education, a highly trained and motivated staff is essential. Springfield Montessori teachers are trained in the Montessori philosophies and have a thorough knowledge of the young child's stages of social, cognitive, psychological, and physiological development. It is their dedication to their craft that has contributed to the quality reputation Springfield boasts today.
Parental involvement is a key to the success of a Montessori program. It is imperative that parents feel they are a part of the program their child is enrolled in. This is important to the child and the teacher. In order for the child to experience a consistent learning structure, parents must be in sync with the philosophy in order to assure continuity between the School and the home. Parent / teacher conferences are regularly scheduled to ensure that not only are all concerns addressed but also to make the parent aware of the child's progress. Parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns whenever the need arises.