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What is Montessori ?

Montessori is a philosophy of education with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment that supports each individual’s unique development.

Dr. Maria Montessori, creator of “The Montessori Method of Education”, based this new education on her scientific observations of young children's behavior. As the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome, Dr. Montessori became involved with education while treating children labeled as retarded.

In 1907 she was invited to open a child-care center for desperately poor families in the San Lorenzo slums of Rome. She called it a “Children’s House”, and based the program on her observations that young children learn best in a homelike setting, filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.

Dr. Montessori designed materials and techniques for self-contained hands-on areas of the classroom. Practical life, sensorial, math, language and geography materials are all within easy reach and invite exploration. A child may work alone or ask another child to share in a project, read a book, or have a snack. Within the environment a sense of community develops, based on respect for learning and for one another.

Mission Statement

Montessori Centre of Barrington is an early childhood program that fosters independence, self-esteem and a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to provide a healthy, safe, nurturing environment in which your child can learn and grow.


Montessori Centre of Barrington follows the Montessori method of teaching and learning. The Montessori method provides a structure in which children in a group setting can develop their own individuality through independent play and learn activities.

303 Sowams Road Barrington, RI 02806

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