222In carrying out the mission of MSNV, our efforts directly benefit the development of the child’s mind, body and spirit. Families build a community spirit by sharing the work. planning and governance of MSNV through our cooperative organization. Guided by these operating principles, we:

MSNV Operating Principles

  • Create an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding and mutual respect.
  • Recognize the unique learning styles of each child and choose instructional approaches compatible with individual needs.
  • Create an environment in which children are encouraged to develop positive feelings about themselves and others and approach learning in a non-competitive way.
  • Nurture the child’s love of learning.
  • Embrace the fundamental principles of Montessori. MSNV’s curriculum includes complementary materials and techniques as well as music, the arts, foreign language and community resources.
  • Foster natural independence, creativity, self-direction and personal responsibility and allow exploration sparked by intellectual curiosity.
  • Encourage children to develop an understanding of the interrelatedness of mankind and to care about other people and our Planet Earth.
  • Attract and retain professional educators devoted to carrying out the mission of MSNV.
  • Maintain a safe, carefully planned physical environment that is peaceful, pleasant, child-centered and attractive.
  • Look to the future and make decisions and plans with a long-range view.
  • Seek actively and welcome families of all cultures, religions, races and ethnic groups, and encourage the sharing of customs, heritage and perspectives.
  • Build positive relationships with the surrounding communities through active participation, education and support.
  • Provide quality education, capable management and responsible service to parents and children.

And such is our duty toward the child — to give a ray of light and to go on our way.

– Maria Montessori