Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Graduation Time

As the end of the school year drew near we reflected on the future of our young graduates. Where will they go to continue their learning? Will their independence be respected? Will their inner motivation be fostered?
Montessori children tend to be very flexible and adaptive with strong social skills. Yet we caution parents to look out for certain things that a traditional kindergarten experience may bring.
Comparing children (gold stars, etc.)

Fostering competition instead of giving opportunities to socialize

Sitting in front of a computer

Less and less recess/outdoor time

Some research into what methods most traditional educators employ yielded unimpressive results. The Common Core exacerbates the developmentally inappropriate practices on the rise since NCLB. Teachers report having to post the standards in the room before every scripted lesson, as if 5-year-olds can read or care what they say. They time children adding and subtracting, and train them to ask formulaic questions about an “author’s message.” All children are trained in the exact same skill at the same time. One teacher lamented that “there is no more time for play.” Another wrote “these so-called educational leaders have no idea how children learn.”

Yet current educational policy banishes play in favor of damaging practices such as direct instruction of inappropriate academic content and testing; practices that are ineffective for young children. We are ever hopeful that educators in our small town will meet MCH graduates where they are in their journey and respect them as the independent and motivated learners we know them to be. Our wish is extended to every child in this country and the world.
“This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind.”
--Maria Montessori, (The Absorbent Mind)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


The honoring of the celebrant never gets old.
We love Montessori and our Montessori celebration traditions.

Monday, February 29, 2016


Ten Reasons to Love Montessori

1) Cultivates students’ natural love of learning by allowing them to follow their own interest and direct their own exploration


2) Provides beautiful, stimulating mixed-aged learning environments


3) Nurtures each students’ learning style and interest


4) Gives students access to scientifically-based, hands-on learning materials


5) Students work at their own pace through core academic concepts and skills with the guidance of highly-trained adults


6) Curriculum is individualized and used by teachers as an educational guide rather than an educational rule


7) Classroom atmosphere fosters a sense of acceptance, responsibility, respect, and community


8) Encourages freedom of movement and positive social interaction


9) Develops a deep connection to the natural world and promotes exploration and experiences in nature


10) Focuses on character development as well as academic excellence