Montessorians are frequently asked if our curriculum and the methods and philosphy at its foundation--methods that were designed at the beginning of the 20th Century--can apply to the children and society of the 21st Century. Among Dr. Montessori's most famous aphorisms was the advice, "Follow the child." This means that the classroom and the whole school environment must reflect the needs of the children the school is serving. It calls for a dynamic, child-centered environment where children can grow and prosper--socially, emotionally and intellectually.
But the foundation remains the same. The pink tower (or tower of cubes), movable alphabet and bead bars that are in the classroom today are virtually unchanged since Dr. Montessori's first "Children's House." The beautiful wooden puzzle maps are also still in the classroom, but a kid today might use a computer to access a topographical map to enhance his classroom understanding of the physical world. The students of Sunset Hills get the best of both worlds, past and present.