Underlying the Montessori curriculum is the fundamental belief that every child has an instinctive and spontaneous desire to learn, and that self-motivation is the only true impulse to learning. In the Montessori classroom, individual responsibility for behavior, along with respect for people and property, accompany the freedom that students enjoy. In collaboration with observant teachers who assist with goal-setting and assure steady achievement, children move themselves toward learning: they learn at their own pace and pursue materials and topics that are of interest to them.
To be successful, entering students must be able to learn to make choices, cooperate with peers, develop and maintain a sense of order, demonstrate self-discipline, function independently, and participate non-competitively in a classroom community. They must also find intrinsic satisfaction in work well done instead of seeking extrinsic rewards or pats on the back. Students whose learning style is primarily auditory, visual, or kinesthetic will find many stimulating and appropriate activities at ECMCS. Students who are highly distractible may find our environment too stimulating for their learning needs.