Ma Maison is the co-operative beginning point for The Orchard Montessori School which will officially open in January. After an exciting and busy summer, the doors opened at Ma Maison this week. The support and commitment these founding families have shown for their children’s education and also for the idea of the little school that could do it differently is simply awesome. It is the very embodiment of Dr. Montessori’s sage advice to “begin as you mean to carry on” and we will continue to build our school around our families as we move forward.
As the returning students arrived on Monday morning to continue their journey into self-directed enquiry under the guidance of Melody and Amandine, it was immediately apparent that something magical was afoot. Seeing the bright eager faces of the returning students waiting at the door, every one of them early for school and fairly buzzing with excitement, made the late night scrambles and endless logistics so worthwhile. The two first-year children began the next day and after a brief, tearful separation from their parents, have adjusted to life in the casa very easily. Next week, we are rolling out the arts extension, which will be delivered entirely in French, by Amandine.
We will continue to chart our progress on a weekly basis so check back often. We are very excited that our journey is underway!