A Letter from the Heads of School
“Make friends with change” --Ram Dass
Dear Wildflower Community,
Welcome to our “distance learning” website. We are hoping that this page can be a resource for you and your family. The global pandemic that is occurring is re-shaping how we view our homes, our neighborhoods, and the world. It is, in a way, inviting all of us into living out the principles of Maria Montessori:
Friendliness with error.
Reverence for both independence and interconnectedness.
What we know from the Montessori philosophy is that parents are the child’s first educators. That the home is the child’s first classroom. That boundaries, routines, and experiences (freedom within limits) create a feeling of safety and comfort for both children and adults, which allow us to bloom into the creative beings that we are meant to be. Wildflowers, it is time for us to bloom!
Our roles are shifting and changing. Your role as a parent, whether you are working from home or are a stay-at-home parent, will change. Our role as educators will change.
We will not be recreating Montessori schools at your home, rather we will be a support system for one another as we create space to grow and learn together, to rest and have space together, and respect for the process of aligning with this new reality. We will recognize and observe, through the child, that everything is learning, from washing dishes to reading together as a family. We will be called upon to show the children perhaps the greatest lessons of all: making space for self-care, acknowledging big emotions, showing kindness and compassion to others, positive communication, and empathy.
We are going on this journey together--holding ourselves and each other with great compassion as we make friends with change.
Erin and Mary
“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”
--Dr. Maria Montessori
During this unprecedented time, we have seen the beauty and the generosity of humanity blossom in the form of educational resources, free yoga classes, free music events, and much MUCH more. We acknowledge that an onslaught of information and resources can be overwhelming. Do not feel a rush to implement these resources; know that in a time of uncertainty, adults and children alike need time to process emotions and feelings before jumping into "academics." Please know the best thing that you can do for your child at home is to create a schedule and a routine and to provide materials that your child can access independently (art, food prep, cleaning supplies, etc). As far as the below resources, these are meant to help if ever you are feeling like you need a little inspiration. Please take what feels helpful, and leave the rest!
We know that the resource library is long and can be overwhelming. There is no rush to do any of these activities! We will highlight one a week to help with creating activities for your child at home!