As I sit down to write, my thoughts run to the word “imagine”. This word has so many layers, and as the Head of School for Waypoint Montessori on our annual picnic night, I could only imagine where our school is heading. Excitement and joy was in the air tonight – lots of good food, laughter. I was seeing a community come together with children, parents, and staff; both new and old faces all enjoying the evening under the lights. As the half way mark for our Annual Fund giving campaign, the picnic showcased what we as a school do best: plan, execute, and then enjoy. It is exactly this that as Montessori parents we experience in our child(ren)’s education. We are a strategic group, planning and imagining what the child will be as an adult, and helping them along their journey. Each child is unique and filled with potential.
Maria Montessori wrote “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create”. Imagination is what I see now as the faculty get together at cross-team meetings, or level meetings, and discuss how they can make the environment better for the children, parents and each other. These faculty members are dedicated individuals, all working in unison to build on the notion of placing the children first in education – and isn’t that what it’s all about: the joy of learning for a lifetime. Montessori will not only change your child; it will transform your family.
Human imagination is linked to a cause of the process of learning, not a test; not to a grade, but to critical thinking, applying the knowledge, and sharing it with others. Students from 14 months through the 6th grade are recipients here of this process, all because an Italian physician named Maria Montessori observed human development, and then “imagined” a new way to guide children in their education. Her hard work and dedication to this cause created the international pedagogy and materials that we use today.
Imagination is a force to be reckoned with, not for what it is, but ultimately for what it does.
I hope you will join me as we “imagine” together where Waypoint is going, as we build our community around the precepts created by Maria Montessori, and as we fully embrace the next step in our lifelong journey.
Head of School