Dubuque Montessori School, a parent-run, not-for-profit 501(c)3 Corporation, brings together children of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds in an atmosphere that encourages children to develop to their fullest potential, using proven child-directed Montessori methods and materials.
Dubuque Montessori School was founded on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, physician and educator. Over a century ago, Maria Montessori advocated the theory that children develop according to natural law and that they have special periods of sensitivity to aid them in the development of life. She urged that these sensitive periods be utilized to the fullest by giving the children the opportunity to develop their capabilities within a carefully prepared environment. Every sensitive period of development prepares them for the next and if children are properly prepared in one period, they are more able to fully develop their capabilities in later periods. This understanding of the child’s development is the basis for the design of the Montessori materials, which are educational materials designed to provide the child with hands-on experiences with practical activities and cultural and academic concepts. Through generous contributions and continued fundraising efforts, Dubuque Montessori is very fortunate to have state-of-the-art Montessori materials in each of its classrooms.
Fundamental to all of Dr. Montessori’s ideas is respect for the child and for their ability to learn. Montessori was unique in her view of the child as more than merely a yet-to-be grown adult. She taught us that . . .
“We ought not to consider the child and the adult merely as successive phases in the individuals life. We ought rather to look upon them as two different forms of human life, going on at the same time and exerting upon one another a reciprocal influence.”
Just as the child is dependent upon the adult for protection and care, Dr. Montessori saw the adult as being dependent upon the child for hope for the future.
Dr. Montessori called her schools ‘houses for children.’ They are places designed with respect for the child. Their design is specific to the social and developmental needs of the child. The adults who build them must have a careful eye to “see through the child’s eyes” and in the process of doing so appeal to the child’s sense of order and beauty and to his physical capabilities. She saw education as a natural process, which develops spontaneously in the prepared environment. Dr. Montessori described her method as “an aid to life.”
At Dubuque Montessori School, we are committed to the practical application of these ideas by providing an educational environment for the pre-school child. We are a community of families dedicated to the discovery of the child.