Musings on Montessori and life from a teacher/guide/directress
Friday, June 10, 2011
Preschool Pays Off
Today in the Minneapolis StarTribune there was an article on a study the University of MN did on preschool efficacy. Again, as in other studies, the importance of preschool to later adult success was noted. It is obviously necessary to find a way to offer all children the opportunity to go to a quality preschool. When these studies are coupled with the brain research studies that are mapping the young child's brain, the evidence points to a Montessori approach. We have a responsibility as educators to find avenues that lead to at least the possibility of a Montessori early childhood experience for all children. Here is a link to the article: http://www.startribune.com/nation/123589354.html.
I am a Montessori teacher who just completed my 10th year. I feel lucky to have found a calling that incorporates so many of my interests: music, theater, art, literature, and sports. I adore singing, tennis, and gardening. I have three fabulous children ranging in age from 14-21 (all Montessori-educated). Montessori opened up the world for me. I found out I love practical life and making beautiful things, which I have dubbed "Jane Austen Time."