Having had a Montessori education in my early years, I can speak only from my personal experience in the Montessori classroom. The Montessori approach is not just an education; it is an approach to life.
Many Montessori-oriented parents, seeing the profound progress in the Montessori classroom and the Montessori-inspired home find great concern with their child’s future education beyond the Montessori classroom. Asking, “But how will my child do when it’s time for them to leave the Montessori environment and enter into the traditional school environment?” The answer is simple. The approach is a solid foundation that all future learning can be built upon. Your child will be an independent person, with a greater sense of self, who will be able to improvise and use their creativity in working and learning as a healthy, thinking individual. The identity of a challenge becomes nothing more than an opportunity to discover success.
An individual who may know by experience what would be beyond the reach of comprehension. For these traits cannot be replaced and will remain with your child throughout the course of life. What more could a parent ask for?
“The most important part of life is not the university, but the first period –the period that extends from 0-6 years, because it is during this first period that intelligence, the great instrument of man, is formed; and not only intelligence, but the whole of the psychic faculties are constructed during this period.”
~Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.31
Montessori Tides Preschool, a hidden treasure within reach!
The link below is to a letter to the editor written by one of our former students, Dawson Pickett. Dawson has run a food drive at the beaches for around ten years. She is a shining example of a Montessori Tides Kid. We are very proud of Dawson and we salute her efforts!
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