STEPPING STONE SCHOOL
“The space we live in has a powerful influence over us, particularly the space we grew up in…
The spaces that early child care educators create for children seem to hold enduring memories for them that have a powerful influence on what they will value later in life.”
–Susan Fraser, Authentic Childhood, 2000
Stepping Stone School supports children in choosing meaningful and challenging work that captures their interest, leading to engagement, intrinsic motivation, sustained attention, and a sense of responsibility to oneself and others, just as Dr. Maria Montessori’s research and work with children found more than a century ago.
The careful and thoughtful design and layout of our classrooms directly relates to our children being free to move around and explore with teachers guiding them to keep them on the path to learning, and ensure the classroom environment is respectful, orderly and productive. These free periods of time facilitates the development of coordination, concentration and independence.