Montessori Morning Glory School
“The child grows best in an environment of peace and serenity, secure and trusting.”
The child’s competence is the first goal of Montessori Morning Glory School. Every child is born with a pattern for greatness. Our role as a preschool is to enable that power by creating an environment that does not hinder the child. When we follow the child and support his drive to be the best he can be, our whole society will become better. The child grows best in an environment of peace and serenity, confident that he knows what to expect and what is expected of him. This confidence is based on a consistent routine of coming every day to a teacher he’s known for years with friends who have been with him for an equally long time. This routine encourages every child from the youngest infant to our graduating kindergartners. The peace of knowing that he will come to competence in his own time and in his own way enables him to put all his energy toward accomplishment and growth, not needing to divert an iota of energy to worry or protection of himself. In this environment of competence and peace, a beauty appears. It’s the beauty of simplicity and naturalness, lacking artificeWhen we consider deeply what we want for our children, we have to admit that it’s the same things we also want for ourselves. Montessori Morning Glory School uses a list developed by Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book What Do You Really Want for Your Children? as a philosophical attitude for everything we do at the school. These things we want express an ideal summary of what it means to be a no-limit human being. Children can be brought up to value themselves rather than to have low self-esteem; to celebrate their own potential greatness rather than to fear it; to be creative rather than be one of the herd; to have peace and love in their hearts rather than anger and hate; to feel powerful and useful rather than unimportant and bored; to experience a stress-free life rather than relying on drugs and pills; to enjoy life rather than competing against it; and to be motivated by a desire to grow rather than to repair deficiency.
* value themselves * are risk-takers * are self-reliant * are free from stress and anxiety *have peaceful lives *celebrate * have an attitude of wellness * whose needs are fulfilled * love and belongingness *self-esteem and respectability *security needs *freedom *justice *order *individuality *meaningfulness * self-sufficiency *simplicity *playfulness * aliveness *higher needs * truth * beauty *aesthetic apprecaitoin *goodness *spirituality
The other advantage of playground time is the opportunity to be out of the air conditioning and the things that people control into a world of varying temperatures, humidity, creatures, and light. Our children need to learn how to adapt to lots of conditions, and more than to adapt, to enjoy. Learning is not something to be poured into children and repeated back in practice. It is an active, intellectual, and hands-on process. Our children need to learn that there are very few if any, right ways to do things, but that there are lots of ways that work. On the playground, they get a chance to try some of those ways in a noisy, sometimes push and shove way. At Greystone House, we consciously choose to have our children on the playground at least four hours out of the twelve that the school is open each day. If rain is not actually falling from the sky, we are
outside that day.
The child grows best in an environment of peace and serenity, secure and trusting. The child is confident that she knows what to expect and what is expected of her. The peace of knowing that she will come to competence in her own time and in her own way enables her to put all her energy toward accomplishment and growth, not needing to divert an iota to worry or protection of herself.
In this environment of competence and peace, a beauty appears. It’s the beauty of simplicity and naturalness, lacking artifice. The child understands that it’s the process itself that is beautiful. Many times, product is extraneous because the child is already moving forward again toward the adult he is to become, toward the ultimate product of his life.
737 Bunker Hill Road
Houston, TX 77024