One distinctive aspect of an authentic Montessori education is the emphasis on educating “the whole child.” This approach honors each individual child by addressing not just intellectual development, but spiritual, emotional, and physical needs as well. By helping students develop skills in each of these areas, we are preparing them for a productive future and a fulfilling life.
In her book The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages a child’s whole personality.” Through her scientific studies more than 100 years ago, she recognized the connection between mind, body, and spirit and the importance of engaging each part in education. Many recent studies corroborate this assertion, and we’ve learned the importance of stimulating both sides of the brain (the left, or intellectual side, as well as the right, or creative side) during the critical formative years of childhood and adolescence.
At Holy Trinity Montessori, our goal is to serve your child with this holistic approach to education. As we seek to educate the “whole child,” we appeal to his or her natural curiosity about the interconnectedness of every interest. This allows the child to recognize the “hows” and “whys” of what they are learning and helps reveal relationships between subjects. This approach also allows each child to explore his or her unique interests and encourages the development of personality shaped by the knowledge, gifts, and talents inherent in the individual.
For these reasons, we incorporate many opportunities for creativity, problem solving, and sensorial learning both in the classroom and beyond. From exploring the arts to exploring nature, or from cooking, gardening, taking care of our animals, or a variety of other activities, every day at HTM offers the occasion for the purposeful development of the “whole child.”