Last week I visited BR in the library for an orientation. As I was leaving, a small boy – who had just come through the hallway doors and was heading in my direction – looked up at me, stopped still, then hurried back to the doorway. I at first assumed that he had forgotten something and was headed back to his classroom. As it turns out, he was hurrying back to make sure he could open the door for me as wide as it was possible for him to implement. He spoke no words, but the beaming smile on his face said it all. To me, it was a heart-warming illustration that even the youngest Montessori child is nurtured in an environment of grace and courtesy.
From: John LongDawn,
What a great story! It reminds me of the request that I got several years ago from Rhonda Durham, Executive Director of ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the SW), asking all member schools to report on how we teach character development. My response was that we do not have a packaged curriculum for such instruction, but rather, it is a part of the warp and weft of daily life at Post Oak: developed thru the way children learn in the classroom, the way they interact with the adults and with each other. Your story wonderfully illustrates not only the development of grace and courtesy, but also personal empowerment. Even that very young child felt that he could offer assistance to you, an adult in his world. Wow!
From: Thomas, Dawn A.
Yes, as I thanked him, I could sense his joy at not only being able to “do” for himself but also for me. It hurt my heart to observe at the few “traditional” schools to which Bryan and I had been referred – the overall environments clearly were not set up to truly foster empowerment of the child.