The beauty of reading is that it allows you to be transported to different realities and have experiences that you might otherwise not be exposed to. In having the opportunity to teach English to Grades 7-12 students at the Brier Creek Campus, I am in a unique position to push our students to read literature that they otherwise may not be exposed to and increase their understanding of the world and the people around them.
The Montessori School of Raleigh is the Triangle’s modern embodiment and mindful practice of the time-proven Montessori philosophy,
developing agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators—engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear good music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” - Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Check out all the amazing work the Interdisciplinary Team has been doing with students in the February 2024 team newsletter.
Some people might think it odd to use the two words "Grace and Courtesy" with the Toddler age group. Toddlers are at a very "egocentric" stage of development and it often seems that the world revolves around them. As a parent, teaching manners and social etiquette to a Toddler seems a little daunting or perhaps even impossible. The good news is it is very possible and the toddlers are even more receptive to social etiquette and manners than you might think. Dr. Maria Montessori incorporated Grace and Courtesy into her curriculum because she recognized that the young child is going through a sensitive period for order. This strong sense of order needs to incorporate a social framework so it can be absorbed, and thus the child feels more comfortable in his/her surroundings. When this framework is established, the child is more caring, purposeful, and respectful within the classroom environment. In fact, Grace and Courtesy are the hallmarks of any Montessori school.
MSR welcomes two new members to our community, Facilities Assistant Aidan Weik and Toddler Assistant Guide Jenni Harle.
It is well known that Montessori education cultivates a love for reading. Many Montessori students seamlessly progress in learning to read and experience the phenomena which Dr. Montessori described as a spontaneous “explosion into reading.” Even though this process may appear to be natural and easy, there is a significant amount of preparatory work taking place in the classroom on a daily basis. Montessori method applies the right knowledge during the right moment for a child’s learning. As soon as a three-year-old shows an interest in letters and sounds, the journey to reading begins starting with phonological awareness activities or simply "sound games."
MSR welcomes two new members to our community this January, After-School Care Guide Ruth Campbell and Accounting Assistant Trey Walker.
I have taught for 23 years and understood early in my career the reason why I teach and coach. I have always looked at being an educator as a seed planter. We may not get to witness the tree fully blooming, but we take pride in knowing we helped with establishing the foundation. I believe in building relationships in order to connect with our kids. Kids want to know that you notice they have new shoes or a new haircut. I chose to become part of this school community because it aligns with my teaching philosophy and my belief in Ubuntu, which translates, “I am because we are.” We are a community of respect, care, compassion, love, solidarity, sharing, reconciliation, and reciprocity.
I grew up going through the public school system and I knew that if I wanted to be a classroom teacher I was going to need something different. When I found Montessori it seemed like the most obvious way to teach. When I started at MSR I was amazed seeing the toddlers pick out a work, complete it, and then return it to a shelf, having their needs for independence met, while also getting the support and assistance expected of the age group. While I enjoyed working with the toddlers, I also learned that I wanted to work with children with more complex ideas.
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