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 However, some people think that Montessori is outdated and irrelevant.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.
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.
Last year I wrote a blog post comparing the cost of Montessori to traditional preschools and daycare. A lot of readers clicked on that blog, so I figured the topic of childcare costs was worth revisiting. When I went to update my statistics from ChildCare Aware of America, I ended up reading the entire 2014 Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report because of the wealth of information it included. You can download the full report but if you’re like me and feel like there’s never enough time to read all the things you want to, I’m going to summarize a few of the main points that spoke to me.
Kindergarten is a special time in a child’s Montessori education. After two full years, the Montessori preschool class is a familiar environment to these 5-year-olds. They know the daily routines inside and out; their teachers know them well and can readily work with their strengths and encourage them to take on challenges. They are conscious of being the oldest students in the room, having lived through two years of classroom transitions, starting when they were three. It is during this third year that you (and they) will witness the