The Petoskey Montessori Children's House promotes the total development of children, including infant and toddlers, pre-school age children, and elementary children, according to the educational and philosophical principles outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori.

We believe each child to be uniquely gifted, possessing a special potential. Our charge is to "educate the human potential" by aiding the child's own in-born drive to develop her/himself. Children need an environment prepared to meet the interests and needs specific to their plane of development. Development is best aided through freedom to be active, to discover through exploration, and to communicate creatively. The adult must be both observer and supportive link, removing obstacles and connecting each individual with experiences to challenge that child's particular potential.

Montessori is more than an educational system or curriculum- it is a way of life. It encompasses an approach to the child based on attitudes of respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of each person. As such, it reflects continual observation, evaluation, and growth. The Petoskey Montessori Children's House believes that frequent and sustained interaction among parents and staff is critical to provide the most positive environment for the child's growth.

The Petoskey Montessori Children's House emphasizes "cosmic education", leading to a growing awareness of the inter-relatedness of all things. Such an approach allows each individual to become aware of the effects of his/her behavior. This view engenders an appreciation for all life and encourages within each individual a willingness to play a contributing role in our world.

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