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On September 25, 2018, Dr. Robert & Nenita Fry generously seeded our first endowment, the Montessori Families Endowment Fund. In 52 years of operation, this is the school’s first endowment and we are so thrilled to be able to facilitate the use of these funds to educate Montessori students at the Montessori School of Huntsville. We are so grateful to them for their incredible generosity and commitment to scholarship through this long-term investment.
I have put together a few thoughts on why Nan and I were more than willing — no we were excited — to be instigators in a project such as this. We both agreed that what we had seen with Sebastian and his sense of what learning was could and should be made available to as many as possible. Nan related that she wanted to be an encourager in this process as there were numbers of tikes that needed this to flourish in our society. I had felt that program was easily a throw-back to older education methods that had made our country strong in the past, while still being Avant Garde with a modern technique. We were thrilled to be able to pick up the banner and help renew the flow of funding for a future of children that perhaps needed and desired this means of education. Why not join in with a proven program which can enable rapid learning and a love of discovery of reading, math, art, and language while teaching peaceful objectives? Better teaching, a better world. – Dr. Robert Fry, Jr.
The Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville and donations from anyone can be made through our secure Bloomerang donation form by selecting the endowment from the drop-down menu. Donations are tax-deductible and the principle is protected per the policies of the community foundation. Thank you for considering joining Dr. Robert Fry and Nenita Fry as long-term supporters of the Montessori mission through a donation to this fund. Our small community of Montessori families are the most generous and enthusiastic in Huntsville. Thank you for being one of them.
Thank you Jane R. Parks Memorial Grant Foundation & Master Gardeners of North Alabama, Inc. for awarding a generous grant of $800 toward the renovation of MSH’s Kathy O’Reilly Memorial Garden. We are both honored and humbled to receive funding from the foundation for the third year. Your support helps further our mission and develops in the children we serve a growing love of horticulture that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to unveil the beautiful new garden design!
A HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to support Montessori School of Huntsville! We loved seeing everyone mingling and getting to know each other within our community. We couldn’t have chosen a better atmosphere to host our public event, thank you Straight to Ale Brewery!
Your support keeps us going, we hope you had as much fun as we did!
We hope those of you who did not get the chance to attend this fun filled night will join us in events in the future! Check out the Calendar & Events tab for upcoming events.
Join us in celebrating the International Day of Peace
September 21st is The International Day of Peace. To commemorate this day and honor Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision and work for Peace Education, the Montessori School of Huntsville will hold a guided meditation presented by a member of The Heartfulness Institute, a global organization that spreads individual peace to contribute to world peace through meditation. The event will be held in our Peace Labyrinth Garden at our South Huntsville location on 15975 Chaney Thompson Road from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This event is open to the public so we encourage you to invite friends to attend!
by Maria Ingram, Toddler I Parent
Maria Montessori said “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” When I read this it made me think about some students I taught in high school who were completely lacking in curiosity. When I asked students why they thought something happened or was a certain way, I got “It’s not in the book.” When I asked, “What do YOU think?” They seemed almost startled I wanted their opinion. How do kids reach that point? How does one child get from the “why” stage we are familiar with to a glazed over blank stare when asked for their opinion?
They get there because they are given facts to memorize, told what the right answer is, and are never asked their opinions or allowed to explore. If we let them use their natural curiosity, and just get out of their way, kids will be curious and they will want to learn.
A toddler wants to know everything. What something is, how it works, why it Is that way. Once they learn these things they are so excited about the discovery, and want to make sure you know about it too. If we allow them to move at their own pace rather than imposing our hurried pace on them, they will explore their environment and everything in it. They won’t be able to stop themselves.
We may tell a child not to touch something, but we need to think about why we are saying that. Will it kill them, hurt them? Or is the “no touching that” for our own convenience? If they open and close the drawer in the bathroom 12 times while you’re trying to brush your teeth, the question is, why? Maybe they want to see how the sliding mechanism on the side of the drawer works. If we let them slow down and figure it out, not only will they be happier and able to move on with their lives, we will get to brush our teeth in peace. Because, as well all know, toddlers don’t just let things go when they want an answer.
Too often I find myself trying to hurry, but a toddler won’t allow it. They are too busy taking their time. Allowing for extra time helps them and me. Having a house that’s free or limited in its “untouchable” items or restricted spaces makes every space in their world a place where they can learn and be curious. Montessori’s quote isn’t just an inspirational one for school, it’s an inspirational one for life.