Top 10 Reasons I'm Glad I Was Able To Choose Montessori
I've had many friends along the way ask why I chose Montessori when the public schools in Minnesota are so far ahead of most other states. Sometimes it's really hard. Especially when it's time to make two tuition payments. I don't have a new car. Heck, I haven't even fixed the dents in my mini-van (don't get me started about having to drive a mini-van in the first place.) But our family has finally reached that pinnacle year - Kindergarten - when all of the promises of investing in Montessori are coming to fruition. My son is a curious, respectful little boy who is a joy to be around. There was a time when I wasn't sure I liked him at all, so this is divine. My daughter learns so much from her older brother, it's very sweet to watch. So in my bliss, I give you my top ten reasons why I'm happy, even joyful, that I was able to choose to send my children to a Montessori school rather than daycare.
My child's learning environment is based on what each child needs, rather than what is required by a standard curriculum meant to cover a wide range of capabilities. I love the freedom of choice!
I get to meet other parents who value their child's happiness above convenience.
My view of education and the value of a child's thoughts and words changed when I started learning about Montessori. It’s exactly what I was looking for to encourage my child’s curiosity, independence, and enthusiasm.
Montessori isn’t just about the education of children. It gives each child a whole new outlook on the history and path of humankind.
Montessori has given my family a healthy base for building a family system that hinges on respect, courtesy and mutual responsibility for keeping our home inviting, clean and pleasant. It's not perfect, but our children feel like it's just as much their home as mine.
I enjoy letting my children do things for themselves... which is really as simple as allowing them to try things you wouldn't have thought they could handle - such as helping with dinner using child-size cooking and cleaning tools, organizing their toys and clothing, and engaging in active play instead of endless screen time. Hopefully they will grow into responsible adults who work hard at what they love.
I am so proud that both family, friends, and strangers frequently tell me how amazed they are at how well both of my children speak. They use full sentences and ask thoughtful questions. There's no baby-talk in our house - although there is still some whining :)
My child’s teachers see the joy in my children and treat them with respect. They do not constantly try keep them quiet and still, but allow them to explore their interests with activities that engage their minds and bodies.
I love the fact that the Montessori emphasis on individualism combats the messages of conformity and materialism that are all too prevalent in our world today.
The staff at my child’s school believes that parents are the first and primary educators of the child. They are quick to offer a word of encouragement or a helpful suggestion, are never judgemental, and do a great job of keeping me up-to-date on my child’s progress. There are many days when a few words of wisdom from the staff keeps me from losing my mind.
If you are a parent who is considering where to send your child to preschool, White Bear Montessori is a fantastic option. But don't take my word for it. Montessori is not for everyone. As a parent, you have to really be committed to being involved in your child's education. If you are just looking for a daycare center to babysit your kids while you are at work, this is not the place for you. If you would like to find out if Montessori is a good fit for your child and your family, you can schedule a tour to visit a classroom and talk with Marnie, who will be able to answer all of your questions. I wish you luck. It's been a dream for us and I am hopeful for the same for you, regardless of where you choose to send your children.