“You can tell what a child needs by looking into their eyes”, was the response of one of our teachers, when we were talking about the tension of caring for a child’s soul and cranking through the curriculum. Her wisdom came to fruition while she gave an extended math lesson on rounding numbers. Her curriculum guide said that she needed to complete this extended lesson. The children’s eyes showed a willingness to learn but they had met their capacity for that moment. In that split second glance, our teacher had to choose; follow the children or follow the curriculum pacing guide. She chose the children above a process and decided to save the remainder of the lesson for another day. This example is the difference between a school that nurtures children and one that moves children through a system. This example is the difference between OCA and many other schools in our community. If that was your child, what would you have wanted the teacher to do?
Years ago parents raised their children to have good character and be good citizens within the community. Now there has been a shift so that the general goal of childrearing is “happy children.” Dr. Keith McCurdy is a Christian child psychologist, who has noted this shift. He calls parents to invest in the sturdiness of their children, which will ultimately lead to their happiness. He also touches on maturity, anxiety in children, expectations and responsibility, setting healthy boundaries, and cultivating children who do not shy away from the challenges of life. Click this link to give it a listen and consider how this might help your children.
THE QUESTION You are the parent of an energetic, creative 4-year-old and you know that her education is going to have to be something special because she is something special. You have heard great things about Montessori schools, but still have so many questions. Does it really work? Most likely, you will open Google.com and start researching. How interesting that the founders of Google.com actually attribute a great part of their success to Montessori education! MONTESSORI AT WORK In 2004, Barbara Walters ran a story on 60 Minutes where Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.com, explained that the Montessori environment gave them freedom to learn, cultivated self-motivation, and enabled them to see their world differently. It was that foundation that helped them develop into the innovators that they are now. Other successful, creative Montessori alumni include Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize in Literature), Julia Child, Will Wright (Creator of “The Sims” video game), T. Berry Brazelton (notable pediatrician and author), and more. It is THE question, right? Will this education model adequately prepare my child to thrive in the future? Will they be able to transition well into high school and college? Research says […]