Montessori Education - Our History & Foundation
Maria Montessori was one of the most important educators of the twentieth century. The fundamental idea behind her philosophy is that the child is not merely considered a student but is seen as a unique human being who should be helped to build himself and his life accordingly. In order to fully develop physical, intellectual, emotional and social capabilities, children require freedom, which is achieved through order and self-discipline. Montessori also believed that children were more capable of ‘doing’ and learning than others of her time believed. For this reason, a comprehensive and stretching curriculum was designed.
Meadowbrook originated as a Montessori School and practised successfully as such for many years. However, as our older children began to graduate, we realised that whilst their knowledge and skills were generally advanced, they were simply not prepared for mainstream education in the same kind of ways that their peers had been. It was for this reason, that we began constructing our hybrid approach…the ‘best of both worlds’ as we like to call it. Despite the creation and subsequent perfection of this over the last 25 or so years, Montessori’s core ethos remains strong throughout the school. We practise an innovative and progressive hybrid approach to learning to fully prepare our graduates for various secondary schools and to ensure that the original ethos fits in with life (and the nature of today’s child) in the present day.
Montessori acknowledged that the only valid impulse to learn is self-motivation itself. She believed that children possess a natural motivation to learn and absorb knowledge without effort if given the right kind of activities, at the right time of their development.
True Montessori settings provide children with a safe, carefully-planned and structured environment where they can work and learn, using specially designed didactic materials.
Following the guidance of Montessori’s philosophy, teachers should not only expose their students to academic work but nurture their emotional, social and moral growth and development. It is for this reason that Montessori education is often defined as ‘education for life’.
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Famous Montessori Alumni
JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS
Former first lady and doubleday editor
Grammy award-winning violinist and subject of a Pulitzer prize-winning media story
T BERRY BRAZELTON
Paediatrician, child psychiatrist, author and harvard medical school professor emeritus
Author, Management consultant, “social ecologist”, awarded the presidential medal of freedom
Peter Drucker, once a Montessori child, is one of the most influential management gurus in history. His work focuses on human relationships as opposed to numbers-crunching; his books are filled with lessons on how organisations can bring out the best in people, and how workers can find dignity and community in their work.
Memoirist & author
Academy award-winning actress
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
Taylor Swift, country music’s youngest-ever Entertainer of the Year, attended Alvernia Montessori School in Berks County Pa. The singer is widely described as “the product of homegrown values”; New York Times calls her “one of
Political activist, author, lecturer, awarded the presidential medal of freedom, one of gallup’s most widely admired people of the 20th century
Maria Montessori said that if deaf and blind, Helen Keller became “a woman and writer of exceptional culture, who better than she proves the potency of [the Montessori] method?” In her tribute to Montessori, Helen’s teacher observes, “Only through freedom can people develop
Actress, Former SAG President
YO YO MA
United nations Peace Ambassador, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Presidential Medal of Freedom & National Medal of the Arts
A child prodigy cellist and Montessori student,
SEAN “P Diddy” COMBS
Grammy award-winning musician, rap recording artist and ceo of bad boy records
HM QUEEN NOOR of JORDAN
U.N. Advisor, humanitarian activist, memoirist and wife of the late king hussein of Jordan
SERGEY BRIN & LARRY PAGE
Youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar, author, oxford research fellow, oxford lecturer on global health politics
PRINCE WILLIAM & PRINCE HARRY
English royal family
PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK
English royal family
Singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer, 16-time Grammy award-winner
Celebrity chef & author
JOHN and JOAN CUSACK
Actor and screenwriter, and Academy award-nominated actress, respectively
Academy award-winning actor, director, producer, humanitarian, United nations messenger of peace
Good pre-school pays off: Harvard economists say kindergartners with great teachers earn more later (and are more likely to attend college and own a home) than others. So what defines “good”? Turns out Montessori’s approach—unfolding students, not moulding them—guides the most successful teachers. George Clooney? Montessori pre-schooler.
Illusionist & magician
This internationally-acclaimed American author was once a Montessori student of Post Oak’s Head of School, John Long. The sense of wonder that infuses his luminous, precisely-crafted prose is evidence of the gifts, and the love of nature, that
Psychologist & author
The Danish-German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst
Pulitzer prize-winning author and Former owner & editor of the Washington Post
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Nobel prize-winning author
Viennese artist & architect
Video game pioneer, creator of the Sims
Director of Education / Co-Director of Meadowbrook Montessori School (!)
Heir to the Throne!