It's that time of year at MCH when parents of our second year students begin the decision making process for re-enrollment. We applaud and support them in this important process. It can seem like an overwhelming responsibility to choose the best class for your child. We hold a special meeting just for them at our school or online to offer guidance and explain which choice we feel is the best for our Montessori students. While not everyone can stay for the third year at our school, our hope is that those who can will do just that. It is a gift that will pay huge dividends in the child's outlook on learning. We feel so strongly about it that all of our scholarship money in the past has gone to making the third year choice an easy one for parents. As an authentic Montessori school, we are committed to the three year cycle in the classroom and to offering the best possible Montessori primary education to each child. We serve the Watcher (3 year old), the Worker (4 year old) and the Teacher (5 year old). It is both our mission and our pure delight.
Here are some of the videos we'll share at our information meetings:
Winter is a great time to initiate, or expand on, a child's role in the family kitchen. Our weekly cooking classes at MCH follow the Montessori principles of empowering young children to be independent and feature hands on developmentally appropriate and fun projects for young children. Each year we compile a cookbook of our child friendly recipes for families to try at home and have their children take the lead in the kitchen. There are several good cookbooks on the market geared toward preschoolers, such as Molly Kasten's Pretend Soup, Honest Pretzels and her newest, Salad People. Habits for healthy eating and participation in family life can never start too early. It's a great way to empower your child to develop fine motor skills, concentration, a sense of order, independence and more. The end results are sweet rewards--you'll be surprised what even picky eaters will try if they have helped to make it themselves.
First Lady Michelle Obama's blog,Let's Move, has a treasure trove of recipes from Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' "State Dinner" winners over the years. Go there while it's still up...and get cooking.
Some Famous People Who Attended Montessori School as Children: Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, AMAZON.COM. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Cofounders of GOOGLE.COM. Terry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks. Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy). Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family. Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature. Actors George Clooney and Helen Hunt and musician Sean Combs.
Others with a Montessori Connection: Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States. Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher. Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author. Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher. Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school. Mister Rogers, children's TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method
"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole, which has roots in the distant past and climbs toward the infinite future." Dr. Maria Montessori