The Green Mountain Montessori's mission is to provide a stimulating, caring and healthy environment that guides children to reach their fullest potential – becoming responsible, independent and creative individuals who are aware and proud of whom they are…
The Green Mountain Montessori School is located in a wonderfully restored 1820’s brick farmhouse in the heart of Essex Town. History and beauty meet with practicality inside the school. Large sunny windows and gleaming wide-board spruce floors entice the children into the classroom – a comfortable environment where numerous learning stations await their creativity and energy.
Maria Montessori believed that education should be a preparation for the "whole life". Like Montessori's first Casa, ours is structured as a mini community with a multi-aged grouping that models the real world. As the children learn to cooperate in the Casa, sometime helping a younger child, sometimes being helped by an older one, sometimes working alone in a shared space, they develop respect for each other and begin to understand what is needed for a community to thrive.
The Green Mountain Montessori School subscribes to the beliefs and guiding philosophy of Maria Montessori, an early 20th century physician and educator. Montessori believed that young children — specifically, children up to the age of six — had what she called "absorbent minds," minds able to assimilate information from the environment as if by osmosis. This being so, the classroom environment — in Montessori terms the "prepared environment" — becomes of paramount importance.
— M. Montessori