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“Montessori School OK’d For 2014 Start” This is Great News!
Kudos to Elm City Montessori School co-founders Eliza Halsey and Dave Low for their persistence and determination. Kudos also to Kaye Harvey, director of the Montessori School in Fair Haven
The Montessori model has been “universally accepted” around the world as a method that “can serve all kids, and serve them well.” This has been true for over 100 years!
We fully understand why “Harries (pictured) recommended delaying the opening until the fall of 2014. By that time, he said, the district hopes to benefit from statewide and national momentum toward investing in early childhood education. President Obama recently unveiled a “Preschool for All” proposal, calling for a $75 billion investment in pre-K over the next decade. Harries said that would likely result in extra pre-K seats in 2014.”
Once attentive parents learn more about the Montessori Method, they will want to see it implemented in every Pre-K to Grade 4 program in every school. “Harries made the recommendation after hearing lots of positive feedback on the Montessori proposal at a public hearing last month. He called the proposal a “compelling educational model” that would complement private Montessoris around town.” This is what it is about; engaged parents being effective advocates for their children.
A few years ago OneWorld presented an informative program about Montessori: http://youtu.be/uzL9sJ6THlM
A short blurb about the founder of Montessori Method: Dr. Maria Montessori – Physician and Educator. Founder of the Montessori Early Childhood Education Method (1870 – 1952). The first woman to have earned a degree as a Doctor of Medicine in Italy in 1896, Maria Montessori's mission to improve children's education began in the slums of Rome in 1907, and continued throughout her lifetime.