How often do we find ourselves running late and rushing for the door, and then having to stop because our three-year-old is still trying to put on his shoes? It’s taking him forever and he doesn’t seem to realize how late WE are. At times like these, we need to remember that children are still practicing and learning, and the simple task of ATTEMPTING to put his shoes on himself (whether it’s correctly done or not) is helping him improve as an individual.
As I’m writing this, the new school year is less than two weeks old, but we’re already off to a great start! It’s wonderful to have everyone here – to hear about all the exciting things our returning students did over the summer and see how much they’ve grown – and to start to get to know our new students and their families.
KMS’s Primary (preschool and Kindergarten) classes have been validated by the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee (MAT) – a statewide network of Montessori schools, teachers and families supporting high-quality Montessori education.
At this point in the school year, re-enrollment month, many families take stock of how their children are progressing and decide whether to continue with a Montessori education here at KMS. Many times we find that the focus becomes, “Is my child learning ______?” (Fill in the blank with any specific skill.) What often gets forgotten or taken for granted is what your children are really learning.
It seems that the term “bullying” is everywhere these days. The nightly news is full of studies, campaigns, and tragedies all related to bullying. School staff and legislators are all trying to solve the problem of bullying
Walking through the Primary classes you may notice some of the children doing yoga poses, carefully walking on a thick rope, or riding a balance bike in the outdoor classroom. Children are invited to these lessons to help improve their balance, coordination, and awareness.
Maria Montessori recognized how important time for repetition to achieve mastery was for all of our students, regardless of age. By demonstrating the lessons, then freeing the children to practice, the Montessori teacher creates an environment where mastery becomes possible.