Thank you for your interest in Montessori Learning Institute. Our schools philosophy has for its basic concept respect for the young child, the childs work, and the childs dignity.
We nurture in each child love of learning, and guide the child to strive to reach excellence.
We provide a loving, safe, and stimulating environment for each child to achieve his/her full potential. Our enthusiastic and committed teachers are experienced, caring, and respectful of each child's uniqueness.
Our classrooms, for ages 1 through 6th grade, are well equipped with the finest Montessori materials and other high quality learning materials. Our students manipulate educational materials until they understand the underlying concepts. We teach our students using solid instructional techniques including phonics for reading.
Special enrichment activities are included throughout the school year. Our Elementary students participate once a year in our "Who Wants to be a Scholar" program.
Kindergarten and Elementary students participate in our annual Creative Writing, Math-Geometry, and Science Fairs.
Music, Spanish and Computer are taught by special instructors to Primary and Elementary students. Physical Education is offered to Advanced Primary, Kindergarten, and Elementary students.
Our Elementary Student Council holds an important position within our school and also reaches out to the larger community as responsible and involved members. They raise funds to donate to medical research, visit nursing home residents and bring them gifts of art and song, and organized food/toy drives to help needy families.
Grace, courtesy, and moral values are part of our daily curriculum. Our students acquire a solid foundation in both academics and moral principles.
Our parents have an active involvement in our students' education. There is a strong communication between the principal, the teachers, and the parents. The Parent Volunteer Organization is open to all MLI parents to support the school at various events and for fellowship.
I have sent all four of my children (ages 2-11) to M.L.I. during the past four years. M.L.I. has everything I look for in a school: friendly classrooms, well-used large shaded playgrounds, dedicated and capable teachers and a curriculum challenging to even my gifted child.
Inside each of my childrens classes, I find an atmosphere of love and respect, an attitude toward schoolwork that does not confuse learning with entertainment, and the beautiful Montessori materials that are particularly well suited to explore abstract ideas, especially mathematics (my daughters favorite).
My children have flourished here and when the oldest finished last year, he moved on to public school with ease and success.
Heidi B. Good, Ph.D.
It has been 12 years of laughter,
12 years of shared accomplishments,
12 years of devotion, dedication and collaboration.
12 years is a lifetime
of safety, of security, of peace.
12 years of activities, of fun of concerted effort.
12 years together. A life time.
We first entrusted our precious daughter to your care. Sweet, tender, diligent and anxious,
She was at home in MLI from the day we first visited Ms. Edilby's class,
As if she had been there all two years of her short life. So much growth - from a timid girl to a self-assured, confident young woman.
Such gentle guidance, such wisdom,
You knew how best to support her.
The fruit of your labor is evident in her daily endeavors, Her persistence, her compassion,
Her dedication and her sense of justice.
Next came our stunningly inquisitive son.
With an intensity far exceeding his sister's,
He started his Montessori career at 3.
A rare gem, he required a finn but compassionate hand, Through the years, MLI teachers consistently developed his remarkable strengths
While navigating his fierce determination with grace. Few could have done as well.
You have now delivered to us
A bright and sensitive young man,
Well-prepared for the road ahead,
Nurtured and encouraged
Rather than pressured and brow beaten.
Such a treasure, a rough stone
In which you saw the brilliance of the future,
The true nature within.
But in caring for our children,
You cared for us as well.
Without even knowing it,
You helped us become better parents, Loving our children as we did,
Supporting our efforts to reach for excellence Not only academics but in life.
We were never alone.
We had you.
Now all four of us must move on. It is an intimidating road ahead. We know you so well.
You know us so well.
Will the world beyond be as kind? Will we have peace of mind? We take you with us as we go And will come back often,
This I know.
But we will miss you everyday As we go to make our way.
Thank you for these 12 years,
For the laughter and guidance through the fears. Thank you for your compassion,
The wisdom, the dedication.
Thank you for a lifetime of caring.
Cynthia Mellor-Crummey, Ph.D.
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