Seabrook school celebrates 100 years of Montessori

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007

Robert Goddard French Immersion and Montessori School in Seabrook commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Montessori program and the 20th anniversary of the program in the public school system Jan. 4.

Parents and school officials gathered at the school to learn about the benefits of the program and to tour some of the Montessori classrooms.

‘‘[Dr.] Maria Montessori would be proud that what she proposed 100 years ago is thriving,” said Principal Sherra Chappelle.

According to, Dr. Montessori created the program after observing 50 children in a Rome village. She surmised that children are better taught when they get to choose what and how they learn.

‘‘What ultimately became the Montessori method of education developed there, based upon Montessori's scientific observations of these children's almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings, as well as their tireless interest in manipulating materials,” says The North American Montessori Teachers’ Association on their Web site at http:⁄⁄ ‘‘Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every method Montessori developed was based on what she observed children to do “naturally,“ by themselves, unassisted by adults.“

Another celebration will take place at the school’s Parent Teacher Association meeting Jan. 10.

Robert Goddard French Immersion and Montessori School is located at 9850 Good Luck Road in Seabrook.