The Rainbow Montessori program is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician and educator. Through her research and studies she helped to change the course of education in the early 1900s.
The fundamental tenet of Montessori is that a child learns best within a social environment that supports his/her unique development. The class operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Ground rules are established early on, and the program is always based on the core beliefs of independence and respect for each other as well as the environment. Children are free to work at their own pace, alone or with others, with materials they have chosen. The Teacher relies on his/her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials are introduced to an individual child or to a small group. Creativity flourishes in this atmosphere of acceptance and trust. Research and experience have shown that Montessori children who transfer to traditional schools are exceptionally adaptable; they are able to work either independently or in groups. Since they have been encouraged to make decisions at an early age, their sense of autonomy and competence facilitates their adjustment to new environments.