The child’s world at this age moves from the
family to the primary class. The world is brought into the class rather than
the child taken out into the world at this age. We do not believe in pushing a
child toward early intellectual studies, however if presented correctly, young
children show an amazing interest in a wide range of subjects, something that
can be hard to believe...
Before age six, the child absorbs—totally, easily, without effort, and with
deep love—all the attitudes and impressions in the environment. It becomes a
part of him and forms his mind, so parents and teachers as models are the
strongest element in these years. If kindness and patience, enjoying reading,
having good manners, enjoying math and biology, for example, are in the
environment at this age, these attitudes and actions will be of great value to
the child. If they are not part of the early environment many of these things
can be learned later, but they will not make up the basic personality of the
Before age six, the lessons and experiences of Cosmic Education are carried out
by means of a lot of movement and sensorial experience. But along with the
basic and extremely valuable practical life and sensorial lessons, the child
begins to learn about the earth and water, physics, plant and animals, the
variety of humans on earth, art, dance, music, geometry, math, and language. By
the end of this first plane of development, the child has a lively curiosity
about and love of all of these areas of study.
Maria Montessori understood the child's built-in receptiveness to all these
areas of interest and found that the young child could comprehend what was
considered far beyond a child's reach, given the right environment, the right
equipment, and a teacher who was skilled at putting the child in touch with
Madame Montessori, Even as you, out of love for children, are endeavoring to teach children, through your numerous institutions, the best that can be brought out of them, even so, I hope that it will be possible not only for the children of the wealthy and the well-to-do, but for the children of paupers to receive training of this nature. You have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children, and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle, we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering. — M. K. Gandhi, 1943 Today our world is shrinking and we have finally learned to cherish diversity—economic, racial, all kinds—to prepare children for living in the real world. Gandhi's desire is coming to pass. michaelolaf news cultural geography
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 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 the information meeting:
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