“What did I like about Montessori? To start, pretty much everything. I felt loved and appreciated by my teachers and peers. I was never afraid to ask questions and always encouraged to explore my own creative ideas. We worked at our own pace in the classroom and were challenged up to the level of our natural abilities. (I’m pretty sure my older brother was taking 5th grade math in the second grade.)
One of my fondest memories was our school newspaper. One of the students in my class owned a printing press, so we spent a portion of every day working on a newspaper. We went on field trips to conduct interviews, wrote short stories, took pictures, etc…We collaborated on the project as a team over a series of weeks involving not only the content but also the production, organization, distribution, etc…Anyhow, we all loved it and I know I learned things in that experience I’d never get from taking a test or reading a textbook.
When I went to OVS for 5th, 5th, 7th and 8th (which was a more structured “classical” style school (also an amazing school too) I was more than prepared. I achieved a 4.0 GPA right away and had the confidence to learn, problem solve, and ask questions. I attribute that to my experience at Montessori and, of course, to good parenting and growing up in a loving household. As future parents, my fiance’ and I hope to provide the same to our children.”