The Awareness and Growth Committee in an effort to educate the School
Board of the benefits of Montessori have initiated a letter writing
campaign hi-lighting the 8 principles of Montessori.
A big thank you goes out to Paige Davies who wrote our first letter.
I will post the letter below.
If anyone else would be willing to help with the letter writing
campaign they can contact me at #453-2999 or via e-mail at
We hope to send one letter each month.
December 5, 2007
901 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA
I moved to Des Moines eight years ago and my son, Finn Carstensen,
was born in 2004. When I began researching preschools, I was
delighted to learn of open enrollment in the Des Moines Public School
System. Having been schooled in a Montessori program as a young
child myself, I was even more excited to learn I had the option to
enroll my child in a Montessori environment. I jumped at the
I feel compelled to share with the board members how grateful my
husband and I are to have our son in the enriched educational program
that is offered at Cowles. The Montessori environment promotes
freedom. Particularly at the toddler and preschool stages of life,
children want to be in control and in charge of themselves. The
Montessori classroom is designed for a child to learn on his/her own
to make choices: which project to work on, the duration to work on
it, and if it is work they will do solo or participate with others.
The unique design of the classroom provides a very organized
framework for the children, yet it still encourages the students to
pick out work according to their preferences. I strongly feel that
allowing children to discover their love of learning (versus
being "told" what today's lesson is) is the strongest foundation one
can find in the educational process.
Making choices has helped my son, Finn, in countless ways. He is
self confident, he is responsible, he understands consequences, he is
independent, and he is eager to learn. Children thrive on making
selections in their studies, and I thrive on being a proud mother of
a Montessori Method learner. Thank you for providing this high
quality learning environment at Cowles. I urge that it be continued,
promoted, and provided for as many families as it gains popularity
and interest in our Des Moines and metro communities.
Paige E. Davies