The mission of St. Francis Montessori is to educate children in accordance with the teaching and principles of Maria Montessori, upholding the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori program of religious formation, is integral to Montessori education at St. Francis. At the heart of our work is the task of awakening each child's natural wonder, from which flows a deep and lasting desire for learning and growth, together with compassion, self-reliance, and other human virtues. In this context, too, we nurture the child's relationship with God, fostering the religious values of joy and contemplation. Our guides and assistants prepare an environment that is responsive to the child's needs at each stage of development. They guide and encourage the development of the whole child-spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, and physical-by teaching the children to work freely and whole-heartedly in the cont
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