Why we do what we do.

I received a post today from a Facebook page called Montessori Madmen (you should check them out!) and it was just so refreshing to read. The month of September is an exciting and over-whelming month in the classrooms for all of us. We get back into our routines, there are new faces, there are new challenges, but in and amongst it all we are all working together to benefit each and every child as an individual which eventually benefits us all as a whole. While I read this post it helped me to reflect and check in again and remember what Maria Montessori once said, that “Education is not just the imparting of knowledge but must seek the path to release the human potential.” This potential is in each and every one of the children that walk through the door each morning and it is times like these (see the story below) that help us as adults to remember that.

“While showing a prospective parent around my school today, as we discussed grace and courtesy, she said “Well, I think it’s important that children are prepared to handle themselves when they encounter children who are not practicing these skills.” I explained the fallacy of the Better-get-used-to-it mentality, but I also shared with her the following story about a graduate of my school.

This child enrolled with us at 18 months old and entered into the local public elementary school upon completion of his Kindergarten year at the Montessori Academy at Belmont Greene. Two weeks into the school year, his mother called to tell me about her son’s experience. Her son came home one day and said “Mom. I have something bad to tell you. There is a boy in school and the other kids are calling him fat. They are being mean. I feel so bad for him. I want to have a play date with him.” Think he was ready for that situation?

Montessori classrooms are not Utopian societies, but a child is less likely to encounter this type of negative behavior there. That doesn’t mean they aren’t prepared to handle it when they ultimately do. Not only does Montessori provide your child with a strong sense of self and the confidence to stand on his own, it also provides him with the courage to stand up for the rights of others.”

September 13, 2012. Uncategorized. No Comments.