10 Tips For Choosing A Montessori School

The frantic pace of parenting, and motherhood in particular has almost become a cliche’. We’re harried, we’re stressed out. We’re driving constantly, color coding calendars, arranging playdates with a level of diplomacy generally reserved for a State Department official. And to what end? To make our kids “better” – but does that really happen?

If you can be consistent by making sure that every member of the family is living up to the requirements, it’ll be much easier for kids to comply with the standards. On the other hand, if you bend the rules (especially at the beginning of a new regimen), get ready for everyone in your family to start testing to see where the boundaries are.

I jumped in immediately and made everyone sit in a circle on the floor, which is how children sit in such a school. I said to Joshua, “Pretend Adam hit you. Don’t hit him back or say anything, but just look at him and think about how he hit you.” I asked Adam to sit in front of Joshua. Rachel sat nearby.

Absolutely. It often comes up in the context of having confidence in yourself. I tell of writers they’ve read who had the courage to go on even after receiving one rejection after another. Of course, that applies to musicians too.

Option 3 was our very last consideration. The teachers were accredited and the program also offered martial arts. Where it differed from the first is the character of the director. With this school, we felt instantly relaxed. It had exactly what our four year old desired and preferred and the exact same for our slightly older child. The cost was not unreasonable. We had to make our decision soon, and it appeared like this would be the best option for all of us.

Fortunately, we can all make up for our lackluster and luxury by supporting the Montessori School of Fort Smith’s “Earth Day 5k” Family run. For $20, you can enter the race at the Best Montessori Preschool of Fort Smith. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about 5k because, for $10, you can enter your family into the 1k race.

Naturally, although I have worked as an editor and a writer, and although I will write for the rest of my life regardless of who takes taxes out of my paycheck, I found myself decades later employed as, and dedicated to being, a teacher.

The Brookside Farmers’ Market is a hidden gem–unless you live in BKS, you might not know much about it. Located at the Border Star Montessori School (63rd & Wornall) has locally-grown organic, freshly picked vegetables, fruits, herbs, as well as hormone/antibiotic-free, humanely-raised meats and free-range eggs. Don’t miss the artisan breads, baked goods, and freshly prepared foods. Saturdays, 8:00-1:00. Opens April 17, 2010. Check their website for market events.

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