You may or may not know that the Montessori philosophy has been around for over a hundred years. We like to call it timeless education for the modern child. However, some people think that Montessori is outdated and irrelevant. Marnie (WBMS Head of School) created a wonderful bulletin board in our lobby to share how relevant Montessori still is in this crazy touch-screen-smartphone-information time that we live in. We don't always have time to read everything on the bulletin board - and some of our readers are not local - so I wanted to share those treasures with you today.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with two parents from the Toddler program a few weeks ago and it was so amazing that I want to share it with you over the next few weeks. Meet Kara and Matt, the parents of "Mac" who spends his days in Laurie's toddler environment. I just loved hearing how much they enjoy their son and how their experience as parents of a toddler is filled with joy - rather than frustration. Watch the video below to see what raising a toddler in a Montessori-friendly environment looks like.
You might be thinking: if a Montessori education is founded on the idea of child-led learning, then why do Montessori teachers need so much training?
If you’ve spent much time around a group of children at this curious, exploratory, emotional and perceptive age, you might think that high staff-to-toddler ratios are designed to reign in all that energy.
One of the biggest challenges parents have with Toddlers is teaching them to use the toilet. Some children take to it right away, others are still working on it when they arrive in preschool. No matter where your child is on the spectrum, the Montessori curriculum for Toddlers is heavily geared towards independent toileting.
On a regular basis, most often in preparation for our Wednesday Weekly, I sneak into all our classrooms to snap a few candid photos of each environment. I will start downstairs in Toddler, move up to Children's House and end with Elementary. The impression of this "walk" can be very impactful and I realize what a unique honor it is to have this perspective. How valuable it would be for all parents to get to walk through the school this way! So please join me in this virtual walk through the school and let me show you some very special things.
As I was planning my presentations for the day, I realized that I had reached the last page of my notebook. At first I just though, "Oh, looks like I need to buy myself a new notebook," but then the meaning of that moment dawned on me. When I looked back to the first page of my notebook, I noticed the date and that I had been using this notebook for 3 years now! I then took some time to look through some of the pages, and it filled me with a sense of nostalgia.
If you could, would you send your children to the same school you attended as a child? I did not want to. Some of my earliest school memories are of feeling out of sync with what my teacher and the other kids wanted me to do during the school day. I didn’t like to sit still in my desk – I wanted to get up and move around. I learned things more quickly than some of my classmates, so I felt bored when the teacher repeatedly reviewed the same material for those kids that didn’t get it the first time.