What if you could send your child to a preschool that follows methods which align with the latest, cutting-edge insights from neuroscience, and which have been proven for over 100 years, in thousands of preschools?
Such a combination is possible, and accessible to your child!
Authentic Montessori preschools, like LePort, educate your child in a carefully prepared environment, under the guidance of teachers trained to diligently follow the approach first developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago, based on her careful field study of how preschool children actually learn. Now, a century later, modern science is validating at a brain-cell level and in large-scale studies what Dr. Montessori observed as a field scientist over a century ago.
Unfortunately, Montessori is not widely known today, despite the compelling evidence that it works wonders for young children, and despite the fact that many famous people, such as Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, credit their Montessori education with helping them become the innovative, successful people they are.
Trevor Eissler, a jet pilot turned Montessori advocate and author of the book Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education, describes how he discovered Montessori:
It just so happened that during the several months that my wife and I were discussing [preschool] options, a new friend of ours asked my wife if we had considered the Montessori school her daughter attended. We had not. Did we know anything about Montessori she asked? We did not. Had we heard of Montessori? Nope.
You may be in a similar position, and we recommend the same next step Mr. Eissler took: come and observe in a Montessori preschool classroom. A Montessori preschool education is so revolutionary that you have to see it to believe it. Recalls Mr. Eissler:
I remember setting foot in that Montessori classroom. I sat down on a chair–a very, very small chair–near the door. I had just stepped into someone’s living room. Or was it a science laboratory? Or maybe an office building? I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was different at first, but this was unlike any classroom I had ever seen. It felt different, too. Peaceful. Purposeful.
Mr. Eissler’s book is an excellent introduction to the Montessori Method of preschool education. He gives a tour of all the aspects that make Montessori unique. In the end, when asked why he chose Montessori, he boils it down to a simple paragraph:
Inside a Montessori classroom, children are laying a foundation for a lifetime of self-fulfillment. They learn to choose a project, work on it to completion, and reap the internal rewards that come with newfound knowledge and a job well done. They are not doing work for the good of a political system, a nation state, or a parent; nor to increase the gross domestic product, compete with the Chinese, or get a good report card. The children are learning to control the entire creative, planning, productive and evaluative processes from start to finish. They are learning to be fulfillment junkies. […]
The snowball effect of self-fulfillment is a gift that keeps on giving. Children in Montessori schools experience this process repeatedly every day. The design of the educational method strengthens the natural bond between positive feelings and learning.
Interested in learning more about Montessori preschool? Here are a few easy steps you can take:
- Call us to set up a tour, if you haven’t already done so. If you are interested in spending some time observing in a preschool classroom, do let us know when you call, and we’d be happy to set that up for you, too.
- Read more about the Montessori Method on our web site, where we explain the overall Montessori philosophy, and walk you through the main preschool classroom areas, from “Practical Life” to the “Sensorial Exercises”, from “Language” to “Mathematics” and “Cultural Subjects.”
- Download the attached short article, The Montessori Method: Educating Children for a Lifetime of Learning and Happiness, which provides a systematic overview of the “what”, “how”, and “why” behind Montessori in a parent-friendly, compact 18 pages.
We hope you are intrigued, and we look forward to answering your questions, and to hopefully welcoming your family to our Montessori preschool.