The Brandywine Children’s House philosophy is based on Montessori principles:
- Children are to be respected as different from adults, and as individuals who differ from each other.
- The child possesses unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from the environment that are unlike those of the adult in both quality and capacity.
- The most important years of growth are the first six years of life when subconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level.
- The child has a deep love and need for purposeful work. The child works, however, not as an adult for profit and completion of a job, but for the sake of the activity itself. It is this activity which accomplishes the child’s most important goal… the development of himself.