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Explore Your School Choices: Bridgeview Montessori School
Jessica Germain, Bridgeview Montessori teacher & alumni parent
I started worrying about preschool pretty much at conception. Not my own, of course, but my son’s. After all, I was resigning my position as a public elementary school teacher to raise this child. And, in truth, it was my frustration with the stressful, impersonal environment in my current school that first planted the seed of desire to escape and start my own family. It made sense that I wanted things to be different for my child. I deeply wanted him to discover the wonder in the world around him and develop a passion for learning about it. As he began to emerge as a person in his own right, my resolve was strengthened. We had talked so much about inspiring “lifelong learners” in my teacher training, but every day in the classroom all I did was teach to a standardized test that seemed aimed at creating standardized human beings. How could I take this naturally curious child with a mind of his own and put him in that environment?
As I began to consider preschool options for this curious child of mine, many independent preschools presented themselves as options, and friends recommended everything from Catholic education to homeschooling. I explored them all, but in the back of my mind there was my mother’s voice. When I was growing up she had always told me that a Montessori education would have been her first choice for me. My father, a traditionalist, was against the idea on principle, so I was off to the mainstream. But my husband, also a traditional person, told me that my Masters in Education qualified me as the family decision maker on this topic. Thus empowered, I forged ahead in my quest for the perfect preschool.
Many schools received high recommendations from other moms. A woman I had recently met in our Sandwich Library playgroup had an older son that went to Bridgeview Montessori School in Sagamore. When she spoke about her son’s experience, I knew I had to check it out. I had visited other schools that either felt like extensions of home play or seemed like roads directed towards traditional education. When I visited Bridgeview Montessori School, I was invited to view a Children’s House classroom in action. The moment I saw it, I knew. It felt like we were coming home to a bright, peaceful, welcoming place. This place was about learning. And work. The children were spending their days joyously exploring their work as the classrooms were filled with extraordinary Montessori materials prepared meticulously by trained Montessori teachers.
When we observed a classroom at Bridgeview Montessori, we saw materials that were colorful and engaging, not garish, but carefully maintained and meaningful. Each child was working industriously and seriously in a way that seemed incredible for a group of three or four year olds. My husband said skeptically, “He could never do that.” But I knew. Our son could do that. He craved that kind of purpose and his intellectual curiosity demanded that kind of direction. What wonderful things could he discover if he was surrounded by other children whose mutual curiosity was guided and encouraged by teachers. I was sold. I cancelled all future appointments to visit other schools and never looked back.
More than a decade later, I still haven’t looked back. Though our now-teenage son has graduated from Bridgeview Montessori School, I can still see its benefits rippling through him every day. He retained his natural curiosity and become a middle school student who challenged himself to learn more outside of the classroom than in. In high school, I still see the ability to manage his time and workload with ease and to set his own internal expectations for excellence. At work and play, he is confident to approach new situations and tackle novel problems with innovative solutions. He learned all of that through the independence and respect afforded him in a Montessori program. We could not have made a better investment in his future than to begin his educational journey at Bridgeview Montessori School.
About the Players
As for me, Jessica Germain, I never returned to teaching in the public school. I decided to pursue Montessori training instead and am currently a teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School in the Elementary I (1st - 3rd grade) program.
My husband Greg Germain is the General Manager of Accu-Seal Corporation and is proud to be raising an independent, self-confident son. Greg served as President of the Bridgeview Montessori Board for three years from 2013 to 2015.
Courtenay Harrington Bailey, my friend who first recommended Bridgeview Montessori, started the popular Dramafun! program in Sandwich and became the Music and Drama teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School. Courtenay and our families remain close friends to this day.
Eli Germain is a student at Sturgis Public Charter School in Hyannis. In his spare time, he writes poetry, plays board games, and trains more than 23 hours per week for Cape Cod Swim Club where he holds numerous age group records and is currently ranked in the top 20 nationally for the 200 yard butterfly. His first coach at CCSC, Adrienne Fontes, was also his Fitness teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School. Eli will turn 15 this month.
WALDORF SCHOOL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & OPEN HOUSE
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, located at 140 Old Oyster Rd in Cotuit, will hold their first annual Pumpkin Festival and Open House on Sunday October 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
The open house will feature pumpkins for sale, a pumpkin carving activity room, a seasonal craft, henna tattoos, and interactive demonstrations for children of all ages. There will be pies for sale from local bakeries and pumpkin soup will be available for lunch.
Faculty members and staff will be available to give school tours and classrooms will be open for viewing to learn more about the Waldorf teaching method and why it is beneficial to children on Cape Cod.
The first Waldorf School was founded in Germany in 1919, and Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent, non-sectarian school movement in the world with almost 1,200 schools in more than 50 countries.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is celebrating its 33rd year on Cape Cod. The school is located on a beautiful 13.5 acre property surrounded by woods. Further information about the school and this event is available by calling the school at 508-420-1005 or by visiting the school’s comprehensive web site at www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org.
WALDORF SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Starting on September 18th, the Waldorf School in Cotuit, is offering a new after school program that is open to all elementary and middle school students on Cape Cod including home school students. Until now, only students that attend the Waldorf School have had the opportunity to learn the unique skills Waldorf Education has to offer. This school year all students in the local community are invited to participate.
The program is offered in 5-7 week long sessions and the classes are 2 hours long on weekdays from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm. Class offerings in the Fall I session include Waldorf Handwork, Studio Art, Cooking, and Community Service. More classes will be added throughout the year with offerings for grades 1 - 8.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is celebrating its 33rd year on Cape Cod. The school started
as a small one room private school in Woods Hole. The founding parents envisioned a school
that would nourish the developing child during the important years of early childhood and
support their growth through the elementary and middle school years. Through parent initiatives
and community commitment, the school has grown from that one room school to the fully
established and accredited school it is today.
For more information about the Waldorf School’s Community After -School Program visit
www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org/after-school or call the school at 508-420-1005
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A School Created by Parents
If you could imagine a school full of wonder, life, and engaged students who love to learn, what would that look like? In 1984, a small group of parents asked themselves this question. The school they created is known today as the Waldorf School of Cape Cod.
The Waldorf School started as a small one room private school in Woods Hole. The founding parents envisioned a school that would nourish the developing child during the important years of early childhood and support their growth through the elementary and middle school years. Through parent initiatives and community commitment, the school has grown from that one room school to the fully established and accredited school it is today.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is now located in the quaint seaside village of Cotuit on 13.5 acres of beautiful woodlands within walking distance of Cotuit harbor. The school building is the former location of Cotuit Elementary School. The woods and school grounds provide the best playspace that nature has to offer and we take full advantage of this gift. Our students spend much of their time outdoors and in our outdoor classroom, the school Sunhouse.
The goal of the Waldorf School of Cape Cod is to provide an education that will produce well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically and creatively. This inspires our unique approach to education. Lessons are brought to students in a multi-sensory way and usually include movement, especially in the younger grades. This approach allows our faculty to reach students with many different learning styles.
When you walk through the halls at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, you can’t help but feel the positive energy and sense of community everyone shares. Who wouldn’t want this wonderful experience for their child? We invite you to come and visit us for a tour and learn more about our school. Enrollment is open and there is space available in select grades. Call 508-420-1005 or email Outreach@waldorfcapecod.org to make an appointment.
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The Last Day
To Our Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Kimball.
It seems like yesterday we walked into her classroom. I remember that day very clearly, my first born, a child who had some issues with preschool and at the tender age of 5, did not love school or want to go. We were a bundle of nerves and anxiety. She took us calmly and compassionately by the hand and guided us through the transitions, helping a little boy to love school again, guiding him through his obstacles and successes. Now here we are, the last day of school, after a sprint to the finish culminating a year of challenges, joys and most of all growth.
It is bittersweet, our last day today. We have had such an amazing year but we are sad that our time with our teacher has come to an end. For us personally it is very hard. My little guy struggles with transitions and it takes a special kind of teacher to know how to handle that. With the end of year transition it has been especially difficult and to end our year of learning from such an incredible teacher who has had such an impact on our lives is even harder. Last week, each day he came off the bus a little sadder than the last, his head hung as he walked toward me. My heart broke each afternoon watching him struggle through the transition of the year ending and the next phase beginning.
When I look at her, our special teacher, I see someone brimming with talent: Passion, Understanding, Creativeness, Compassion, Strong Work Ethic and most of all Belief. Belief in our children and the possibilities of what they can do.
She could have used her talents to work in any career she wanted but she chose teaching and everything that goes with it including raising other people’s kids to be the leaders of tomorrow. She chose to push through on days when she was sick, overwhelmed, or tired because these little kids needed her. She chose to give her kids -- my kid — second, third, fourth and fortieth chances, and to always believe they could be better tomorrow. She chose to LOVE our children, to invest and put her heart on the line. She laughed at their jokes and anticipated, even came to enjoy, all their crazy quirks including the infamous spring worms. It couldn’t have been easy, taking a group of first time students and turning them into a community, helping to create relationships between the kids that would be a foundation for a lifetime. The world will be better because of her impact in the classroom, the life lessons she has taught and because she cared and loved our children. She is someone who will forever be part of our story and her influence will live on for the rest of my son’s life. Her teaching has shaped my child’s upbringing, character, and helped them on his way to becoming the person he will someday be.
So thank you, Ms. Kimball, for everything you have done for us and given to us. You are a very special teacher who will not be -forgotten. We love you.
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