When I sat down to write a few words as the Director of Milagros de Montessori School, a few drops of tears rolled down my cheeks. It might be my love for the little ones, or it might be the tears of joy, or perhaps tribute to Dr. Maria Montessori who dedicated her life to children.
When I was doing my degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE), I never thought that I would ever go into another ECE (Early Childhood Education) - but children were always close to my heart and I loved to be with them; to observe them closely.
It was not too difficult for me to understand the Montessori concept that every child is unique. As a mother of 3 now, I am well aware of this fact. It was truly amazing to see them grow each day towards independence. I witnessed the effect of accepting them for who they are, and appreciating their individual talents. I saw the joy in their eyes when they accomplished the task which was impossible the previous day. I saw a high self-esteem developing in them when they did the 'impossible', whether it was climbing a flight of stairs on their own or dressing up independently.
Knowingly or unknowingly, I put many of Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophies into practice. I allowed children to be independent in whatever they could. I opened their eyes to the beauty of nature, and then to Science. I showed them Mathematics in day-to-day life. And I saw the sparkle in their eyes!
When I delved deeper into the Montessori theories and practices, I was lost in the world of joy. It was something that I couldn't stop sharing with others. There born, "Milagros de Montessori" which means "Miracles of Montessori"!
As a parent, I had the same concerns that you have. Is my child happy in school? Is she learning anything? Is she cared for well? Is she in safe hands? Is her curiosity still alive? I would like to reassure you that we are mindful of every aspect mentioned, at Milagros de Montessori.
As our greatest partner, I would like to tell you to never ever underestimate your child! They are capable of much more than you can imagine. They thrive in an environment where they are "allowed" to make mistakes and learn from them.
Dr. Montessori said; "Every child tells you, teach me to do it myself." When I see the two year olds eating themselves, carrying their bag themselves, wearing their shoes themselves, that puts a smile on my face. I see a responsible and fiercely independent individual in them! That tells me, "the groundwork is done, now you can build on".
A hug from an innocent soul brightens my day
A smile of a mother makes my day.
When I see a tower of blocks collapse, I hold back my hands,
it's alright to break, we can still make.
When I see a little hand tracing the letters
I still wonder, what makes them so happy!
When I hear a "sorry" or a "thank you" from a little one,
I feel the world is not as bad as people say.
I welcome you to Milagros de Montessori School.
Have a blessed day!
With Warm Regards,