Raising a Future King the Montessori Way: All About Prince George's PreschoolBy Diana Pearl
@dianapearl_01/06/2016 AT 01:00 PM EST
Sharpen your pencils – Prince George is off to school!
Today, the 2-year-old – sporting a baby blue backpack – had his first day at Westacre Montessori School, near his family's home, Amner Hall, in Norfolk, England. And luckily for the rest of us, the whole thing was captured adorably by his mom, Princess Kate.
Prince William and Kate chose to enroll their son in a school that practices the famous Montessori method. Founded by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the distinctive educational approach is known for encouraging creative thinking, personalized learning and embracing individuality.
Below, just a few of the key advantages the future king stands to gain from his Montessori education.
1. He'll be ready to mingle with all sorts of people.
As a monarch-in-the-making, Prince George will be rubbing elbows with people from every walk of life. Montessori classrooms include kids of all ages, from toddlers just like George to those entering elementary school. This mix, the American Montessori Society says, is perfect preparation for fostering a spirit of inclusiveness with others later in life. "Younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered," their website expalins. "This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions."
2. He'll be a deep thinker.
He may just be talking dinosaurs now, but George's future will require conversing with heads of state as well as working with charities and the armed forces. The Montessori Method states that during the first six years of a child's life, he or she has an "absorbent mind," meaning that "the young child seems to just soak up everything in his environment without even thinking about it," the Montessori Society AMI UK says. At his own pace, George will develop skills – and a big imagination – that will be crucial in the years to come.
3. He'll have the freedom to be himself.
For a boy who can't help whizzing around a coffee shop, we can imagine sitting still for extended periods of time may be a challenge. Luckily for George, the Montessori method believes in letting children "navigate their own paths." As the American Montessori Society says, "Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime."
4. He'll learn to admit when he's made mistakes.
No one's perfect – not even a prince! And thanks to his Montessori education, George will get a dose of humility, along with the confidence to overcome any obstacles. "Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach," the American Montessori Society says. "As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors."
5. He'll learn the importance of community.
One day, Prince George will be a symbol to unite an entire country – so he'll need to understand what brings people together in the first place. And while he is on his way to understanding loving relationships thanks to his parents, grandparents, and little sister, a Montessori education, which focuses on creating a community in the classroom, will only cultivate that understanding. Montessori's policy of helping children learn how to productively resolve conflicts on their own will surely be helpful with any family spats – or global crises!
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Friday December 4, 2015
Carbondale Recreation Center
Dinner and Desserts will be provided by MSMS
“FOR SMALL HANDS”
This is a great website to order Montessori and child sized materials/toys for the holidays. When you place an order from now until December 31st our school can earn credit and receive $ towards Montessori materials for our classrooms.
www.forsmallhands.com- Mt Sopris Montessori customer # 115612
or call 1-877-975-3003 to place an order.
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I have a few of last years catalogues in the office and will put a couple in each classroom for you to look through.
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· Join AVSC for one of our Down Valley Registration Nights. Families may apply for scholarships, register and get their pass pictures taken by Aspen Skiing Company staff.
October 13 – Basalt Middle School - 5 to 7 pm
October 15 – Carbondale Roaring Fork High School – 5 to 7 pm
October 20 – Glenwood Middle School – 5 to 7 pm
· We offer need based scholarships for fees and equipment. Deadline to apply is October 23. Download forms at our website or call Trish Shepard, 970.205.5160.
· Participants can ride a chaperoned bus FREE each program day. Buses leave from Glenwood, Carbondale, El Jebel and Basalt.
· AVSC participants may purchase a full season pass for $180 before November 13. On November 14th the price increases to $309.
· AVSC Annual Sports Swap is October 11, 10 am to 2 pm. El Jebel Whole Foods Parking Lot.
· Link to our bilingual Base Camp Poster: http://www.teamavsc.org/userfiles/files/basecamp_poster2016.pdf
Due to the rain-Picture Day will be rescheduled to Wednesday, September 23rd!
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Here is the schedule for class pictures:
9:00 West Toddler (Kelsey)
9:30 East Toddler (Jenny)
10:00 West Preschool (Teri)
10:45 East Preschool (Alex)
Make up day will be Wednesday, September 30th!
Enrollment and Waitlist
Visit the Enrollment and Rates link for more details about program times, rates and the student enrollment process. For inquiries call the office at 970.963.3506.
Oct. 21- Parent Work Day 9-1
Oct 27- Rock N Roast Fundraiser
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