Zinnia Montessori offers a holistic approach to the development of young children by nurturing body, mind, and spirit in a joy-filled classroom to promote a lifelong love of learning.
As part of the Wildflower Montessori network, Zinnia aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high-quality, beautiful learning environments in an inclusive, caring, and diverse community.
How Do We Envision Montessori at Zinnia?
Montessori schools, like other communities, often reflect the personalities and preferences of the people who comprise them. While there is no one way to implement Montessori, there are some key presumptions Montessorians make about children that help to inform the environments we design:
- We believe children are intrinsically good:
Montessori presumes that the natural state of children is positive, that children will do the right thing if given the opportunity, and that when children’s behavior is less positive, it reflects some obstacle to the child’s natural state.
- We believe children are intrinsically peaceful:
Montessori classrooms are often noted for their peaceful, gentle climate, within which children of differing ages and development seem to interact with each other with less conflict and more joy. We believe this is the natural condition of childhood; so, when conflicts do occur, we look to the physical design of the classroom, the developmental differences among children, or the choices of the teacher to resolve the issue.
- We believe children are intrinsically motivated to learn:
Montessori shies away from traditional models of punishment and reward, believing that children’s motivation to learn is natural to them and continues to blossom in environments that allow authentic learning.