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“How does a Montessori child adjust in another school after leaving Montessori?”
To address this question, we should also ask, “What do we wish for our children?” We believe all parents want their children to acquire a good education, develop independence, self-confidence, resourcefulness and a great love for acquiring knowledge. In our Montessori school the prime objectives are to assist the child in achieving these goals in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for community.
As one of our former Montessori parents said, “If you knew there was going to be a famine, would you prepare your child by not giving him food?” No, you would give him the necessary skills of life to adjust to any change that faces him. You would want him to become very strong for the troubles that are to come. The real problem is often that the child must adjust after Montessori to a system that is sometimes in conflict with the goals of independence, self-reliance and love of learning.
All through the child’s life there will be adjustments: the adjustment from home to school, from primary to elementary, from elementary to AP, from Montessori to another educational environment, from high school to college and then into adulthood.
Practical life plays a huge role in preparing the child for future experiences in leadership and participation as part of a larger community. Instead of focusing on passing a particular test to determine the mastery of a skill, we focus on the ability to put those skills into practical application. The importance of Montessori is to help the child become strong, confident, and resourceful. These traits are what we think parents want for their children and what we at DMS strive to give each child – self-confidence, independence, love for knowledge and the necessary skills to acquire that knowledge to the best of their ability.
Our curriculum has a strong foundation in mathematics, language, geography, botany, zoology and music – as well as the critical element of practical life. In our Montessori school we adhere to the Motnessori principles. We don’t allow outside influences to dictate what we present to our children and how it is presented. In other words, we don’t compromise the sound principles of a beautiful, practical and natural approach to education.
Edith K. Overholser