Wheaton Montessori News
During this time of the year, we’re bombarded with gift-giving guides for everyone in our lives, especially our children. In year’s past, we’ve refrained from sharing lists of “Must-Have Montessori Toys for Home” (you can find hundreds of these with a simple Google search). We have instead focused on encouraging our families to share experiences, books, meals, and time together.
During a recent staff meeting, Mrs. Jonelis shared this quote by Denis Waitley that she had come across while reading an article online: “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
Yes, we want to bring joy and happiness to our children’s faces. A long-desired toy, book, or physical item is easy to give (and we all love to give physical gifts as well!) and gives parents immediate positive feedback in the form of a hug, a smile, or a shriek of delight.
We’d also like to remind you, WMS Parents, that you’re already providing your children with wonderful gifts: opportunities to practice their independence and learn responsibility and accountability. These aren’t “things” we can wrap up with a shiny bow or add to a “This Seasons’s Hottest Gifts!” list, but these ARE gifts that we appreciate you giving.