As this (2014-2015) school year comes to an end, I want to share with you Moms (and Dads) the reason why I chose to enrol my son in a Montessori School. It wasn't actually a tough choice/decision. Since Day 1 or even before I had a baby I already knew he would go to this school (excited?). Haha!(:
I know a lot of you are in the "decision" stage on where to enrol your child. What I realized when I became a parent is that the first few years of their lives is very important (and crucial). This is the time wherein they get to "absorb" everything they need to learn in this world. So it is equally important to choose the right school for them. I heard about: Montessori, Progressive and Traditional schools. I'm not here to discuss those based on pure facts, but based on my experience with a Montessori School.
1st Day of School
I remember MigMig's 1st day as if it was yesterday! I was the one who was really excited! My gosh, I have a pre-schooler already! :( I was so proud of him since he didn't cry or had any tantrums.
If you enter a Montessori School, one thing you will notice is the simplicity of their classrooms. No clutter or anything to shinny or distractive. Everything is in order. And do you know who's responsible in keeping the things organized? The students. Yes. I was surprised when I heard my son say he was sweeping the floor at school and he did his "job" well. In school, they don't use the word "play", they refer to tasks as "job". Interesting, right? They teach them how to accomplish tasks on their own. Ofcourse with the help and assistance of the teachers at first.
Like Traditional Schools they also have monthly celebrations. And what I love about our school is that we only have a max. of 12 students per class. Therefore we are like a family once we get together and watch our little ones perform. The head of my son's school was right, after a few months he was able to perform confidently on his own! No stage frights at all!
People in Your Neighborhood Day
"If we are all aware that a child's brain is like a sponge... Then we would all know that the best time to teach them and train them to be their best is during their early stage."
In Montessori they make sure that they teach and "equip" their students with the right and proper attitude. One of the teachers there told me that "you can be smartest person in the world, but if your character and attitude is poor, success is just a dream for you."
Linggo ng Wika (he calls his red pants "Pinoy")
"Everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting..."
As I've mentioned one of the things that I love about Montessori is how they let us parents be part of our child's growth. They let us participate and see each of their milestones which I truly treasure.
"It is only through a cooperative effort between the home and the school that your child is assured of the highest quality education."
So proud of this little one!
The school/teachers take time as each of their students gradually reveal his newly acquired skills and knowledge. And they always remind us parents as well to be patient with our little ones. To not force them to learn. Instead to let them bloom on their own.
"If I were an Octopus..."
MigMig was able to recite Humpty Dumpty on his own!(: Proud Mama here!!
"The most IMPORTANT period of life is not the stage of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six for that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed..."--Maria Montessori
So whether you decide to enrol your child in a Traditional, Progressive or a Montessori school, it's all up to you. The important thing is that he enjoys as he learns.(: Good luck mommies!
On Choosing a Montessori School