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THE THREE R’S
The three R’s have traditionally referred to academics: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. In our Montessori environment with its beautiful system of equipment and methodology, we have come to take these things for granted because we know that they will happen. So the Montessori community is moving to a higher level of three R’s; respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness. These are big words for little people, but like our academics, we believe that no person is too young to learn. The tiniest infant is very attuned to being treated respectfully, toddlers thrive on responsibility, and four-year-olds delight in developing critical thinking skills. So how are we using these big words in the school? Respect – Respect for others begins with self-respect. Obviously we’re the child’s first role models. If we handle our child gently and talk about what’s happening, that’s respectful. If we never “put down” anyone or allow anyone else to put down a person and if we’re receptive to both people and ideas, that’s respect. We also respect both our environment and the things in our environment. This might be a tall order for those of us who live in such a throw-away society, but if we ultimately want our children to not pollute and not lose their new laptop, we have to start today to teach our children to not break crayons and to sweep up their paper scraps from their art project. Responsibility – Benjamin Franklin called this resolve, and his explanation was to do what he ought and to do it without fail. Wayne Dyer in his book What Do You Really Want for Your Children? calls it the ability to take total responsibility for what goes on in your life. Webster says it’s the ability to distinguish right from wrong, to be able to think and act rationally, and to be trustworthy, dependable, and reliable. Children learn confidence by doing and by knowing that you trust them to do. We can set up all sorts of situations where a child is enabled to succeed and where there is no blame if she needs to try again. The blame thing is a biggie for a lot of us. It’s not the traffic or too much to do or too much stress. If we can accept accountability for our lives, our attitude, and our actions, our little children will simply absorb that same mindset. Resourcefulness – This one is the most fun. We want our children to be able to deal promptly and effectively with situations that are presented to them. Another word for it is critical thinking skills. It’s easy to skip over in a hurry-scurry world, but wait a minute or two for your child to (1) analyze the situation, (2) figure out what we know, (3) what are the choices, (4) what would happen if the options were tried, (5) take action, and (6) analyze the success. Given these few minutes, you can get a wondrous insight into how your child solves problems. Even an infant can figure out how to get his foot out from between the cushions or reach a toy on the other side of the coffee table. The parent learns to respect the child’s processing system, and the child learns that she can do it. That’s where we want to be.

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