Talking Head (of School)

Hello Brush Creek Montessori School Families!

Welcome Back! This summer has flown by and we’re all back and excited to begin a new year at BCMS. The Board of Directors and the teaching staff and members of the parent community have been putting our heads together to start a process of growth and expansion in the coming year. Our small program is like a seed ready to burst forth and send out some more roots and shoots for an ever more vigorous program. We look forward to having you be a part of this vision!

I want to take a moment to also acknowledge that we are living in a time of cultural change. As any parent knows, when a young child moves through one stage of development into another, the change can be stressful, painful and even a bit scary. Change is necessary for development though, and while there are a lot of negative aspects to it, ultimately it proves to be what is needed for the child to grow and develop into the person they are meant to be. I feel like our nation and our world is going through some growing pains.

When we listen to and watch stories related to Charlottesville, VA or the removal of DACA, North Korea or even natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we can get discouraged and overwhelmed. We might ask ourselves: what kind of world is my child going to enter into? How can I prepare them for what’s ahead? (And indeed, what is already happening!)

Montessori lived through some trying times as well. She lived through the horrors of both World Wars and was in fact interned in India because she was an Italian citizen when Italy was allied to the Axis powers. Working with children from all over the world helped reinforce her observation and belief that all children are capable of being the transformers of our world. When given the opportunity and support they need, children naturally become peacemakers and collaborators. Children do not see difference as a hindrance but as strength, if they see difference at all. When supported in their true, natural development, young people can (and inevitably will) form what Montessori called the “great nation of humanity.”

By establishing expectations for conflict resolution, freedom of movement and choice, responsibility and discipline, and a generally compassionate and supportive environment from the very beginning of their time here at BCMS, we are supporting the structures and habits that will allow our children to go on to make positive, lasting change in our world. This was Montessori’s vision and it’s a vision we can all be grateful for. By supporting and furthering Montessori’s work through BCMS, you and your family are helping to build the world we long for. When the headlines are getting me down, I remember this and feel hopeful and determined.

-Jed

The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them…. The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.

– Maria Montessori, Education and Peace