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The Montessori Children’s House of York, Inc.
3417 East Market St.

York, PA 17402


Phone: (717) 757-1331
Fax: (717) 757-4133

The Montessori philosophy began with Maria Montessori, Italy’s remarkable physician, anthropologist, and psychologist. She began her work with education in 1907 in Rome. Throughout her life, Dr. Montessori achieved international renown as Italy’s first female physician, as a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and for the revolutionary educational method she developed and helped spread throughout the world.

Her philosophy embraces a broad vision of education as an aid to life.

Founded on the belief that children possess an inherent love of learning, a true Montessori “prepared environment” provides structure for the children to engage in meaningful work. The ultimate goal is independent, responsible children who are capable of leading productive, harmonious lives wherein they can follow their personal goals and contribute meaningfully to society as a whole.

The Montessori philosophy is also based on the principle that all children naturally develop in stages, called planes of development. Our school focuses on the first two planes of development. The first plane is from birth to age six, during which period children are sensorial explorers. The second plane is from age 6 to 12, during which period children are imaginative learners.

The primary level is planned with the sensorial learner in mind. All lessons in this “prepared environment” have an important element of manipulation of materials. Montessori said that we should never give more to the mind than to the hand at this level.

In the elementary level, the lessons are designed to fire the imagination. The children are given keys to the world and encouraged to explore further, especially in their areas of interest. With guidance, the children pace their work so they are productive and respectful toward themselves, others, and their environment.

The adults in a Montessori school are trained to link the children to the environment through gentle, consistent guidance and presentations.

Read more about Maria Montessori and her educational method.

The following websites are suppliers of supplementary materials, but they also offer several concise articles on Montessori philosophy.

The following website has several articles which offer parenting suggestions.

Further Reading:

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work

(by E.M. Standing)

The Absorbent Mind

(by Maria Montessori)


Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.
-Dr. Maria Montessori