To learn and discover is an innate urge, and when a child is given the opportunity to follow their own train of inspiration and curiosity, their creative and intellectual capacities are given full freedom to develop and flourish. The role of the teacher is to provide a ‘prepared environment’ which facilitates this process, and to follow the needs of the child as s/he grows and develops.
Two important strands of Montessori education are Cosmic Education and Peace Education. Cosmic Education emphasises the connectedness of the universe and the link between different fields of knowledge, cultures and individuals. Peace Education involves activities which foster harmony and peaceful interactions.