Meadow Creek Montessori School utilizes the method and materials developed by the Italian educator and innovator Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952). Dr. Montessori often referred to a child’s education as “an aid to life”. She observed the universal laws of a child’s development and created a philosophy and materials to help aid the child with their task of inner construction to allow them to develop to their greatest potential. To help guide a child on their journey of development she recognized the need for a prepared environment; an environment specifically designed to meet the inner needs of the child. The environment must have purpose and support the child’s natural tendency to work and adapt. It will allow them to learn at their own speed, according to their capabilities and without competition. It will naturally cultivate concentration, a high self-esteem, independence and a love of learning.