You may recall a conversation with me in your Family Interview about the Montessori Continuum of Education and the importance of the three-year cycle. But was does this truly mean for your child and their Montessori experience?
The Montessori curriculum was developed to be implemented in a continuous process as the child grows and develops throughout his life and up through the grade levels. The methodology can be applied as early as birth and continuously through each six-year plane of a child’s development; 0-6 years, 6 – 12 years, 12-18 years. Each plane can be further broken down into a three-year cycle, specifically meeting the developmental needs of a child in that specific three-year span; 0-3 years, 3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years, 12-15 years and so on.
With a Montessori education, a child benefits the most from a continuous three-year experience within each cycle of development. Authentic Montessori Outcomes can truly only be guaranteed when the child experiences the three-year curriculum to its fullest extent within each level of development.
MCH is an American Montessori Society-accredited school. We have meet the strictest of requirements to ensure the education your child is getting is aligned with the time-tested education that is worthy of the title, “Montessori,” and guarantees authentic Montessori Outcomes.
At MCH we truly believe in this continuum of education and currently offer an authentic Montessori experience and opportunity for children birth through twelve years of age. Perhaps you have asked yourself what are those Outcomes? What is my child is gaining from this experience? Does it align with my own goals and values for my child?
As we embark on our AMS re-accreditation journey, we have also been reflecting as Montessori educators, and what our goals are for the MCH graduate. What essentially should a MCH graduate at any level take away from their authentic Montessori education? The answer is ...so many things! But what it really boils down to is this- the developmentally appropriate life skills and character values that will shape the human being they are becoming and influence the impact that they will have on society in the future. We would like to present to our families:
The Portrait of an MCH Graduate
Education is a shaping of the human character, a building of life skills necessary to become an adult capable of contributing to the greater world and finding self-fulfillment. Making the decision on where your child goes to school is always personal. That’s why we always provide a variety of opportunities to gather more information to guide your decision-making process.
If you’re wondering if you should keep your child at MCH for their third year in the Early Childhood, their Kindergarten year, I encourage you to check out our Kindergarten Information Night on January 25th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. This is where you can get a glimpse of what the culmination of your child’s Montessori experience in the Early Childhood will look like, and what makes the Montessori Kindergarten year look different from other schools.
If you missed our Elementary Information Night or Alumni Panel in December, don’t worry, Ms. Nicole is ready to schedule a private conversation with you to share more on the benefits of continuing your Montessori education through Sixth Grade. Learn more about our current elementary program and how students flourish and grow into passionate learners and independent thinkers.
Because MCH is so committed to the continuum of Montessori, we are excited to share with you that we are embarking on further expansion of our school and have plans in the works to bring you a Middle School program, through Eighth Grade in September 2019!
Re-enrollment packets and information will be going home with your children today. I encourage you to reflect on the progress your child has shown this year …and even in their growth before you joined MCH. With lower ratios, individualized education plans and our amazing outdoor spaces for children to connect with nature, run, learn and grow, we hope that you will continue to turn to MCH for a one-of-a-kind education.