Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori philosophy is more than the materials in the classroom, or the teacher giving lessons. It is an attitude toward children, a way of understanding their unique nature and allowing them to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Montessori curriculum is designed to support in the development of the whole person, build a sense of community, and ignite a lifelong love of learning.
Hands-on learning using multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials which provide a concrete learning experience, then moving to abstract memorization.
Individual instruction by caring and devoted educators trained to develop instruction specifically suited to each student’s needs and learning pace.
Self-confidence through a personal-best approach in a non-competitive atmosphere and by providing uninterrupted time to complete an activity successfully.
Responsibility through the pursuit of self-direction, self-discipline, individual mastery, consistent work habits, and respectful behavior.
Independence through developing academic, social, and practical skills to last a lifetime.
Language development at the stage where a child can learn up to five languages with ease.
You can read more about Dr Montessori here on this page of the North American Montessori Teachers Association.
Dr. Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf Schools)
For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Read more about Dr Steiner on the page dedicated to Rudolf Steiner / Waldorf School page.