Sara Flanagan, Director

How Montessori Came Into My Life

I was going for my first job interview, heading off wth my degree in Early Childhood Education to a small school called “The Child’s Work Center”. The environment was beautiful and the materials were all child sized. There were no pretend kitchens or toys to play with. The two ladies who interviewed me were very nice so I thought, “Let’s listen and see what they have to say.” As I sat and listened, they explained to me that The Child’s Work Center was a Montessori school. Having only a quick five minute lecture on Maria Montessori, I had no idea what Montessori really was.

The classroom was set up in 6 different areas: practical life, sensorial, math, language, cultural, and arts.

The children ranged in age from 2 1/2 to 6 years of age with a full day kindergarten. It was a three-year program. When your child started at age 2 1/2 - 3, they stayed with the same teacher for all three years. It was a beautiful thing! This structure allows the teacher to become familiar with the child and their family, along with what areas they excel in and where they need help. By the time they are ready to move into first grade, the teacher has a wonderful understanding of the child’s educational needs.

I fell in love with the Montessori method in 1979, first year I started working at the school. I received my Montessori A.M.I training in 1982. I have four boys who all attended Montessori.

Truly, you can read all the books on Montessori, listen to your friends talk about it (”Is it the right school? I heard it’s not structured!”), but to observe a Montessori classroom will change your mind forever!