“I had had a very good experience with the Montessori schooling system of my two sons in Florida”
I was joined by my wonderful friends:
H.E Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa, HRH Princess Noal of Egypt and Afghanistan, Baron Henri Estramant, and of course my amazing Sorority Sisters.
Todays Opening Speech:
“Your Excellencies, Royal Highness, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Students,
It is a great honour for me to be with you all today for the opening of this wonderful school. I am very honoured to be able to address you for a little while and tell you in a few minutes the relationship I had and continue to have with the Montessori teaching approach. For me, the
Montessori’s vision was to lead the child towards a respectful and harmonious understanding of their own being and with their life around them. This was and remains crucial in my opinion to fostering compassion and empathy.
This vision is achieved by trusting children’s curiosity to explore, be involved and take risks.
It can be argued that the Montessori learning environment is particularly successful in disadvantaged communities – it offers stability and supports the child with their individual development in order to prepare them for the world around them. It is a secure school environment where the child is free to choose and experience once own strengths.
Therefore, for me the Montessori approach gives young children an opportunity to grow in independence and develop in physical, social and emotional competence.
It is because of this inclusive and nurturing environment that I decided to put my children in the Montessori system for a few years when we lived in Florida, years ago. I will never forget how impressed I was with the individual development of each of my two sons Gabriel and Noah. I could really witness their personality taking real shape and see their skills develop in a way I have not witness before in a tradition classroom environment.
They were thought about presentation skills, fostering their strengths and explore their weaknesses in a secure way. I particularly liked the ‘no negative outcome’ approach. This means that whatever the child decided as their daily chores it was always never not good enough and was continuously supported in the most positive way which gave the child the confidence to step out of their own comfort zone.
For example, I remember well my son Gabriel who had his own garden and how much he loved to take care of it. At that time, Gabriel being 4 years old, I as a mother would have never thought that such a young child could independently take care of another living organisms
— Let me tell you the plants he planted actually all survived and bloomed as much as a plant can ever bloom. Wooow what a experience for me. However, imagine that young boy and the shining diamonds in his eyes when he presented his work full of pride and confidence to me, his peers and his teacher on the weekly show and tell. J
Until today, because of this early exposure to plants in the classroom, Gabriel still continues his passion for plants and has his own garden at boarding school. It is a place of silence and reflection for him and you cannot believe how proud he is of his garden.
For all of this and many many other experiences with the Montessori system I am very grateful.
To summarise the ethos of the Montessori system up in one sentence:– Help me to do it by myself – This is the seed one puts in the ground for the growth of future leaders. Leaders who are confident, at ease with themselves, inclusive, adventurous and who think out of the box – essential qualities for life in 21stCentury. ” (Tessy de Nassau, Oct 03, 2018)