"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when Man's intelligence itself is being formed."
Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
What Happens when your child leaves our Montessori school?
Even though the benefits of process-oriented, non-competitive education and a nurturing environment are evident in the daily Montessori experience of each child, parents still tend to be goal oriented when it comes to their children. They need to know that their child will be ready for "the next step," whatever that may be.
Academic preparation to enter the next environment is evident throughout all our Montessori classrooms. However, that is not the only preparation a child needs. The social aspects of the Montessori education cannot be dismissed. The self-confidence that is seen in students and a willingness on their part to try just about anything when it comes to learning are amazing. All of the children love learning and coming to school. And the motivation for learning is internal rather than external. It's what they want to do! These skills will serve all the children well, whatever comes next for them.
Children also leave Whispering Oak Montessori Academy with certain values. They have a deep respect for the needs and capabilities of other people and an appreciation for diversity in all forms.
Academic preparation Intrinsic motivation The joy of learning Autonomy Confidence and competence Creativity and originality of thought Exposure to multi-cultural environment Friendships
We want for them what most parents want for their children: to be well rounded, happy, responsible and fulfilled.
The answer to the question, "What's next for my child?" is inevitably a personal one for each and every child we serve. And that's just as it should be. Providing the educational challenge and personal concern needed by each child in our program is the pledge we make to our families and the mission we set for ourselves.