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.
We often say at MSR that the school is our legacy, a gift handed down through generations. As Laura Morrison, Class of ’03, describes her path to teaching, the concepts of legacy and inheritance begin to form. “My mom went to a Montessori school,” she says, adding that her grandmother had her doctorate in child development and taught in a Montessori training center in New York State. It is no surprise then that Laura was brought to MSR when she was two years and nine months, and, says, Laura, “My mother sort of finagled me into Children’s House even though I wasn’t yet three.”
Laura and MSR were a good match and she continued through sixth grade. That was in 1996, three years before MSR’s Middle School was created. She explains that she and her classmates didn’t want to leave and begged teachers to “start a make-shift seventh grade,” but the time was not right, and she moved on to a public middle school in the area. From there Laura enrolled in an IB magnet high school because she had her heart set on attending UNC and knew the IB credentials would increase her chances. She was correct; she was offered admission and entered Carolina in the fall of 2003.
Enjoy these pictures of our terrific Toddlers making all kinds of fabulous food, students practicing peace, kids getting ready for Garden Day and other students studying really hard.
Peace is taught as an important part of the Montessori curriculum and September 21 was International Peace Day, so our Lower Elementary classes gathered around the peace pole on Ben’s Field to celebrate. Maria Montessori began her teachings around the time of World War II when the world was immersed in violence and acts of aggression. She firmly believed that people should be taught to spread peace from a very young age in hopes that our world would be free from violence one day.
Montessori’s curriculum held the idea that we are all one small piece of a larger world regardless of our ethnicity or background. Starting in Lower Elementary, our students are taught that as humans we all have the same basic needs to survive and we must use peace and kindness to help each other grow every day. Montessori also teaches students that they have the ability to make positive change in the world. Children are often given the misconception that they need to be an adult to improve the world when in reality people are never too young to make a difference in a peaceful manner.