One of my favorite commercials, even though it is simple and sentimental, is the MasterCard ad that shows family time or human interactions and calls them priceless. To me, Montessori education is priceless in the same way. It is beautiful, comprehensive, and, in its most authentic form, a treasure of experiences that leads a child to absorb the wonder and joy of learning.
Our school values – Community, Character, Authenticity, Respect and Excellence – guide what we do every day at Richmond Montessori School. We strive to instill our values in our staff, students, and parents. They create a sturdy foundation for a learning environment where our children can thrive academically, emotionally, socially and morally.
When most parents hear the word “Montessori”, their first thought is… well, what is it? The Montessori method of education builds on the way children learn naturally. It is student-led, allowing children to make creative choices in the classroom, while the teacher offers age-appropriate activities to guide this process. Richmond Montessori School encourages the growth of the whole child, with a particular focus on academic excellence.
It’s not uncommon for parents to dismiss this question when it first begins appearing in the ticker tape of their brains. Reasons for turning it away are fairly simple at first: there’s no need to disrupt a child’s environment; the parents went to public school and were just fine – surely their children will be, too; and finally, public school is free – why take on the costs of private school?