We have twins – a boy and a girl with two completely different interests and learning styles. When we needed to make a change in schools we toured just about every pre-school/pre-k program in Scotts Valley and Los Gatos. Montessori Community School stood out far and above the rest….the qualifications of the staff…the facility…the safety…and the genuine sense of care and love of children was a combination that I did not find at any other school.
I admit I didn’t know much about the “Montessori Method” when we made the decision – and even now – still have to admit some pretty significant ignorance…so I can’t speak to the method itself – I can just share the impact Montessori – and Montessori Community School in particular – has had in our lives.
My two very different kids have each discovered the joy of learning…one that has come with a level of pride in their own accomplishments – their own discoveries. In our previous school I used to hear “Miss ___ taught me….” – and now I hear “I learned….” There is something about that subtle difference that has brought a level of confidence and willingness to try and discover new things that is truly remarkable. Their level of curiosity has increased – and spans such wide areas it is amazing.
For my son – this environment has translated into a longer attention span and increased follow through. He also doesn’t seem to get frustrated as often when he doesn’t get it right the first time – instead just tries again. For my daughter, the environment has brought out a confidence to try new things, to discover her individuality, and be her own advocate.
As siblings, it is amazing to see them bring this home – and share with each other their discoveries. It seems to motivate each of them to try new and different things the next day – and come back and talk to each other (and us) about it.
Just this pure and simple joy of learning and wanting to share that learning that isn’t left in the classroom.
I was initially concerned because I was used to a more “cheerleading” type style for this age – which I really didn’t see or hear from the staff. Yet I’ve come to find out, though the style of the staff and Montessori Community School may be subtle – the depth of feeling, the care, and the love are just as deep…and they are felt by me and, more importantly, felt by my children.
I’m grateful for Montessori Community School and so excited about seeing how this amazing foundation they have helped our children build will translate through the rest of their lives.