Lillian entered Montessori School of Fort Worth at age 18 months and completed the school’s elementary program at the end of 6th grade, the highest level the school offered at the time.. She says Montessori school gave her a great start.
“After I graduated from MSFW, I went to a traditional middle school and realized that I already knew a lot of the things being taught. Sometimes when my teachers asked the class a question, I’d be the only one with my hand in the air, and almost every time I got the answer right.
What makes Montessori special is that you’re not stuck at a desk writing down whatever the teacher is writing on the board in front of you. In Montessori, teachers interact with you, and you use materials to gain a full grasp of the concept of the lesson. This helps students actually remember what they’ve been taught.
If you’re thinking of sending your loved one to a Montessori school then I recommend you do it. I made so many friends and had so many adventures there, it was truly the best childhood experience I could have had.”
When Calvin transitioned to a traditional school after attending Montessori School of Fort Worth from Kindergarten through 6th grade, he says it was “a heck of a change.” His new middle school was organized very differently from MSFW He missed the collaborative environment of Montessori, where older students were encouraged to help younger ones and teachers were always available to offer support and guidance.
“In Montessori, you take charge of your own learning. Because you learn at your own pace, you get out of it what you put into it. I prefer to work ahead and get everything done as soon as possible.
In addition to learning at your own pace, there’s always someone there to help you, whether teachers or older students. You can ask for help from any teacher. You’re not limited to your own designated teacher as a mentor.”
Calvin believes his Montessori experience prepared him to succeed in the traditional system. “I want to emphasize that the transition to traditional education wasn’t bad. I made a lot of friends. My teachers really liked me. I made good grades. I don’t think any other type of schooling would have prepared me for life as a whole as well as Montessori.”
“Montessori gives you a head start because it teaches you with the senses first and then you learn things the mental way. I believe my Montessori education will give me better opportunities in middle and high school and college.”
Kin started at Montessori School of Fort Worth at age 20 months. Now finishing 6th grade—the highest level in his school—he feels comfortable transitioning to a new environment, even though it won’t be Montessori.
He is confident he can succeed in a traditional middle school. He has already completed level 4 algebra. He does science experiments. He understands grammar. He wrote a history report that was so long his teacher asked him to shorten it. Outside of school, he plays soccer and classical piano.
Kin is looking forward to trying many new things in 7th grade, including organized sports. He plans to try out for football and perhaps basketball.