Teaching In Special Ways At Harmony

Harmony’s core curriculum was founded on a combination of Montessori, Waldorf, and Inquiry-based learning. While mindful of roots and mission, we continuously consider adjustments and expansions of our program in the effort to offer a rich, exciting, and multifaceted experience for our students.

A close up image of beads and bocks Montessori materials used to teach math concepts.

The Montessori education approach is built on the notion that children are natural learners who should be given room to learn according to their interests and abilities. It focuses on hands-on experiential learning and encourages children to explore and discover their interests. At Harmony, students spend time each morning working on lessons using specialized tools to incorporate hands-on learning in all areas of study.


By integrating principles of conservation, students learn to think critically about the world around them. Harmony students learn about species, habitats, community development, and their roles in influencing conservation efforts and the environment. Caring for the world around them develops compassion, curiosity, and respect for the environment.

A child with light skin stopped on a window seat painting a rainbow onto the corner of a large window overlooking a blurred city. There are paints laying around him and a potted plant.

The Waldorf method is based on the idea that education should be holistic and developmental, considering the child’s physical and emotional needs. At Harmony, age-appropriate activities such as painting, drawing, music, and theater are used to engage children in learning. The emphasis is on creative play and fostering imagination inspires students to become lifelong learners.

A diverse group of children wearing safety goggles and blowing onto a handmade windmill with other items from a science class around them.

Inquiry-based learning is a dynamic and student-centered approach that empowers learners to actively explore and construct knowledge through questions, investigation, and critical thinking. Teachers design learning experiences that prompt students to explore these questions through research, hands-on experiments, and real-world applications. This approach fosters a sense of ownership and autonomy among the students.