Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Montessori Elementary is surprisingly like college: students get a lesson and are then responsible for both assignment due dates and putting in the time and effort to master the lesson. Without the ability to reflect and be self-motivated, college students aren't generally successful. Montessori Elementary students follow a very similar expectation to self- motivate and drive their own learning. Without it, and the foundation in self-motivation that Primary provides, it is difficult for a child to attain success. However, it is in Montessori Elementary that a teacher shows children how to locate their self-motivation, to learn what that feels like, and to maximize its power to make them unstoppable students, learners, and eventual professionals.
The Black Strip timeline shows the lifespan of Earth along a 30-meter black cloth strip; at the very end is a 1-centimeter-thick piece of red fabric representing the time humans have been on the Earth in comparison to the rest of Earth's existence. The original Black Strip used by Maria Montessori was 300 meters long and 50 centimeters wide and wound on a large spool, supported by two bicycles on either side. As she told the story of the earth's lifespan, it was unrolled down the middle of the street. Since then, the scale has been reduced to one-tenth of the original, so that rather than being 300 meters long it is about 30 meters long.
This is why you have chosen Montessori for your child-- because you believe in her right to be inspired into learning. You believe also in her ability and potential to self-learn and self-motivate, and her ability to find her purpose in the universe. We use the Montessori curriculum to inspire your child with the big questions of life in the universe, like why humans are here, why we came into existence at such a late stage of Earth's lifespan, and what humans have built into the civilizations of today's global world over the hundreds of thousands of years of our existence.
It is our great honor and privilege at the Beddow Montessori school to show your children what self-motivation looks like, what self-belief feels like, and how a sense of larger purpose for ourselves benefits our search for meaning in life. We are the trained teachers who support these efforts.
By Mary Luangamath, M.Ed., AMI 6-12 Licensed
Head of School