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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education.” - Dr. Maria Montessori

Mo‘O School is committed to making our world a more peaceful place by means of education. Humans are inquisitive explorers by nature, teaching ourselves by interacting with our environments. Italy’s first female physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, recognized this nature and developed a meticulous, comprehensive method to support the natural growth and development of the child through adolescence. In this sense, Montessori environments are highly structured places, offering order, sequences of work, and precisely the lessons a child needs at a given point in time. Children themselves, however, are granted the liberty to move freely and to choose their own activities during the periods of uninterrupted work time each day. The programs at MoʻO School are distinguished by developmental stages, which Montessori referred to as Planes of Development. The Primary Program meets the needs of the child in the first plane, and the Elementary Program meets those of the second.

As Dr. Montessori observed, “no one can grow for the child.” This cognitive and physical development will happen on its own, and it is the adult’s role to guide children through interactions with their environments while connecting them to the tools the students can manipulate in order to teach themselves. Rather than standing at the front of a room delivering one lesson to all, a Montessori guide blends seamlessly into the dynamic environment, giving individual and small-group lessons and, most importantly, closely observing each student's activities to gauge progress. By using the wisdom of those who precede us, adults at MoʻO school create safe, beautiful places for the children to discover their own creativity, interests, strengths, and challenges. In turn, the children cultivate personal kuleana, leading them towards their unique social responsibility as global citizens.