WhiteLight Montessori School has prepared a model of learning at home for the foreseeable future if we are not able to resume school from April 20th 2020. We are joining schools across the country making this decision to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and, ultimately, to save lives. We will continue using the virtual learning model until it is again prudent to return children to campus.
A Vision of Learning from a Montessori Perspective
"Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core."
~Dr Maria Montessori
As we embark on a time of ‘Learning from Home,’ our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine. It is important to us that the children's activity during this time be enjoyable, thoughtful, challenging and rewarding.
Replicating what happens in our classrooms is not something we can achieve during this period. Our goal is to work in collaboration with families to keep alive the culture of learning that is unique to Montessori and provides families with support and activities that match the developmental needs and characteristics of the child.
Moving online as a Montessori school is especially challenging. We have no textbooks or workbooks our students are methodically working through. Each child is at their own unique place in each subject area – their own spot in a fully individualised curriculum. Clearly, it is not possible to replicate this model at home. For us, shifting our curriculum to home will require much creativity and thought. Please see our Learning at Home Handbook for more information.