Photo of five Montessori students on a field trip, waiting for the light rail.

Learning through Discovery

Shaw School hosts the District Montessori program. It is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative materials for development that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning.

Dr. Maria Montessori (the founder of the Montessori Movement) believed that self-motivation is the only valid impulse for learning. Within the carefully structured order of the Montessori classroom, the child is free to choose his own projects throughout the day. Following his own inner direction, he discovers his own pattern of learning and finds satisfaction in work. It is the child who takes the active part in the Montessori classroom, not the guide. The children are encouraged to work out their own social problems and reach their own moral conclusions. Responsibility toward the group and the other children individually is emphasized. Adult authority acts as a background for free development.

For more information about Shaw Montessori School, please visit or call the school at 602-257-3914.