“Often, when students write about a life changing experience, it is one that lasted maybe a day or a week or even a month. Mine, contrarily, lasted over twelve years. Although I did not realize the impact of this experience until it was over, it was one that has completely shaped my personality, my intellect, and my future. This pivotal part of my life is the fact that I went to a Montessori school from age two until age fourteen.
Misspelled and mispronounced repeatedly, Montessori is defined as a system of education that develops a student’s natural interests and intelligence without the use of formal, traditional teaching methods. While this definition is correct, Montessori is so much more than this, and I did not fully understand its dramatic effect upon my life until I attended a public high school.
I did not receive a report card until ninth grade. I had never been herded out of and into a classroom at the ding of a bell. I was not forced to sit at a desk for eight hours straight. Instead, my entire early education was replete with individual teacher-attention, hands-on materials, independence, and self-motivation. Through this amazing learning style, I was molded into a person who is able to complete tasks without being told, who is able to enjoy learning without being forced to do so, who is more interested in the facts and the process rather than the grade.
Due to my parents’ decision to place me in a Montessori school, I have become an independent young woman who learns because she wishes to and who can absorb material rather than memorize it for an exam. Subsequently, I have been able to achieve both acceptance and substantial financial aid to attend the college of my dreams. Also, I have no fear that I will carry this experience with me into my secondary education and ultimately my career. Because of this, Montessori has changed my personality, my intellect, my future, and, ultimately, my life. "
—Anna Haydon, CBMS Alumna
"Our time at CBMS began after we had a made a cross country move and landed in Newnan, GA. Our two-year-old child was new to the school environment and Montessori method. We could not be happier with our decision to place our most precious thing, in the capable and loving hands of the staff at CBMS. When your child leaves your home, you want to know that they are safe, cared for, and gaining something while they are away from you. CBMS does all of that and more. From our experience, CBMS is not just a school, they make you feel like family."
February 7, 2019
A Professional Perspective - Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in Schools Project, Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick and was knighted in 2003 for services to education. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.