The Lyceum was the school founded by the Macedonian philosopher, Aristotle, in 335 BCE. Here, he and others lectured in the mornings. Aristotle’s pedagogy differed strongly from his teacher Plato in that he believed learning was best accomplished starting with concrete and moving to abstract concepts, through hands on use of materials rather than lecture. Aristotle believed as Montessori does that learning is an individual process of discovery.
At Little Lyceum Montessori, we apply Aristotle and Montessori’s approaches to learning. Montessori believed, “what the hand does, the mind remembers,” and through our carefully chosen materials and observant, teachers, the child, with independent mind and chosen purpose, will find the world unfolding before him. The child will not learn but rather discover the nature of the world in which he lives.